The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

Making Sacrifices for Student Debt: One Lawyer’s Story

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 17, 2017

There are a wealth of myths surrounding student debt loans and their repayment. For example, many students who pursue law degrees do so with the belief that the careers they […] Read more »

Harassment, Low Wages, and Debt: One Nonprofit Worker’s Story 24May

Ashley took out loans to finance her education but now, can’t afford much more than the minimum payment. The balancing act of paying off her student debt and affording living expenses has actually forced her to take on additional loans. It’s a frustrating cycle.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017

Ashley thought she was being financially savvy by going to a local community college near her home in Illinois. Ashley is one of 12 kids, and her family wasn’t in a position to foot the bill for her education. She attended class full time while working full time, split between Starbucks and a doctor’s office. She eventually transferred to Columbia College, Chicago, and graduated with her associate degree in May 2008. Read more »

She Went to Her Dream School, but Student Debt Turned It into a Nightmare 24May

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.”
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.” Read more »

Fear of Student Debt Made Me Sacrifice My Dreams: One Cop’s Story 19May

Fear of student loan debt made Valerie sacrifice her dreams
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 19, 2017

Valerie knew she wanted to go to college to achieve her academic dreams, but the threat of student loan debt was just too great. Read more »

The Power of Education 13April

2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee Tererai Trent, Ph.D.

Her world was transformed by education, and now Tererai Trent, Ph.D., is bringing that right to girls in Zimbabwe. Read more »

Make Your Advocacy Better, Faster, Stronger, and Burnout-Proof 31March

Boise members raised the bar for march signage with their very own Statue of Liberty. Courtesy of the AAUW Boise (ID) Branch.
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 31, 2017

  Just over two months ago, thousands of AAUW members joined rallies across the country (some far chillier than others!) to make their voices heard to lawmakers at every level […] Read more »

Women Demand Global Economic Parity, Not Status Quo 30March

Commission on the Status of Women 61 banner outside United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   March 30, 2017

When women are economically empowered they have the potential to change their own economic status as well as that of the communities and countries in which they live. At the CSW, women made it known that we are using our expertise and raising our voices to take action to achieve gender equality. The world can’t wait another 170 years. Read more »

Five AAUW Women You Didn’t Know Were on Postage Stamps 30March

Collection of Stamps
Blog   |   Community   |   March 30, 2017

Dorothy Height is one of more than a dozen women involved with AAUW who have appeared on postage stamps through the years. Cast your vote for which AAUW member you want to see on the next stamp. Read more »

Here’s Who Would Win March Madness Based on Schools’ Gender Pay Gaps 14March

Iowa State guard Jadda Buckley drives on Baylor University's Niya Johnson during a January 23, 2016, basketball. Photo by Max Goldberg for the Iowa State Daily.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   March 14, 2017

March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament, kicks off this week. But to us, the real madness is that women and people of color still don’t have equal pay in 2017! Read more »

Do Governors Know How to Pronounce “Woman”? 13March

Women's March on Washington, January 2017. Woman with "Girl Power" written on her face. Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW.
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 13, 2017

Every year at the beginning of their state’s respective legislative session governors deliver a State of the State address. This year the majority of governors’ agendas failed to cover AAUW priorities. Most didn’t even use the word “women.” Read more »