Unemployment Quintupled My Student Loan Debt: One Pell Grantee’s Story 02June

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   June 02, 2017

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000. Read more »

7 Women’s Stories of Student Debt 01June

AAUW’s 2017 research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans found that when it comes to student loans, women bear a disproportionate burden of student debt. Read about seven women who made the decision to invest in their futures by pursuing college degrees, but at what price. Read more »

Even with a Scholarship and Parents’ Help, She Faces a 25-Year Student Debt Burden 31May

Jaclyn at her college graduation with her sister Bethany.
Blog   |   Education   |   May 31, 2017

The financial burdens of young people have changed making the decision to go to college and paying for it very different today than it was a few decades ago. Read more »

Three Musts for Intersectional Feminism 31May

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   May 31, 2017

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen a surge of, or rather a recommitment to, feminism. The fear of losing the progress that women have made regarding reproductive rights, antidiscrimination laws, and fair pay has been weighing on me, but demonstrations like the 2017 Women’s Marches give me hope. 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 »

Making Sacrifices for Student Debt: One Lawyer’s Story 17May

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

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 »