Watch the Research Launch of “Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans”
Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Online or in person
Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women.
AAUW’s new research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, takes a close look at that oversight. Women’s success in postsecondary education helps shrink the gender pay gap and open up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly in part because of the gender pay gap. Our research launch will feature a presentation of the findings by report author Kevin Miller, Ph.D., followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session. Follow @AAUW and the hashtag #deeperindebt as we live tweet the event.
Kevin Miller, Ph.D., @KevinDataMiller
Senior Researcher, AAUW
Kevin Miller holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and political science from the University of Illinois and earned his doctorate in social psychology at Ohio State University. He has authored publications, testified before state and city lawmakers, conducted technical assistance, and analyzed data on a wide variety of topics. These topics include the gender wage and leadership gaps, challenges faced by women in postsecondary education, paid leave and other workplace policies, implicit bias, and early care and education. Before joining AAUW, he conducted research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and was a staff member at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
MEET THE PANEL
Betsy Fischer Martin, @BFischerMartin
Founder, Fischer Martin Media
Betsy Fischer Martin, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and TV news executive, is an executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs and the cohost of Bloomberg Politics’ “Masters in Politics” podcast. She also founded Fischer Martin Media, a business in which she specializes in providing media training to corporate executives. During her earlier career in television news, she was the managing editor of NBC News political programming, where she was responsible for the development and execution of network political coverage. Prior to that, Fischer Martin was the executive producer of the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program Meet the Press for 11 years. Overall, her tenure with the program extended over 22 years, beginning as an internship during her senior year of college. She serves on the board of directors of the International Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C., and of the National Press Club Journalism Institute.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., @tressiemcphd
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Tressie McMillan Cottom’s research on higher education, work, and technological change in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research Network’s Social Media Collective, the Kresge Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, and the University of California, Davis, Center for Poverty Research. She has published on education, technology in the new economy, and the intersection of race, class, and gender. Her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy has received national and international acclaim. Her public scholarship has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, Slate, and the Atlantic, to name a few.
Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., @saragoldrickrab
Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University
Sara Goldrick-Rab is a professor and the founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. Her commitment to scholar activism is evidenced by her broad profile of research and writing dissecting the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. Many professional organizations and foundations have honored her. In 2016, POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, has been featured on The Daily Show, the New York Review of Books, and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other outlets.
Anne Hedgepeth, @AAUWanneh
Senior Government Relations Manager, AAUW
As a part of her advocacy work at AAUW, Anne Hedgepeth establishes relationships with key congressional offices, the presidential administration, coalition partners, and AAUW’s network of members and supporters. Hedgepeth amplifies AAUW’s voice on public policy priorities including paid sick days, paid leave, the Family and Medical Leave Act, career and technical education, workforce training, community colleges, higher education, nontraditional occupations for women, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Violence Against Women Act. She holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Davidson College and a master of public policy from George Mason University.
Breana Ross, @BreanaNicole077
President, United States Student Association
Breana Ross heads the United States Student Association, representing more than 1.5 million members. A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, with a bachelor’s in political science, she served as the campus organizing director for the Associated Students of the University of California, Riverside, in addition to serving on the board of directors for the United States Student Association and the University of California Student Association. Ross has organized around accessibility to higher education, police brutality, sexual assault, and other civil rights issues. In 2015 she organized with the United States Student Association to stop one of the largest attacks on federal student aid, preventing budget cuts of over $160 billion.
Jennifer Wang, J.D., @JenniferCWang
D.C. Office Director, The Institute for College Access and Success
Jennifer Wang oversees The Institute for College Access and Success’ (TICAS) Washington, D.C., office, carrying out policy and advocacy strategy. She was previously the policy director for Young Invincibles, where she led a team working on improving economic policies for young adults, including policies that increase access to and success in higher education and address student debt. She joined Young Invincibles as policy and advocacy manager, building their government affairs program from the ground up. Previously, she gained expertise on women’s health access under the Affordable Care Act while at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Wang holds a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and bachelor’s degrees in gender studies and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
How is student debt affecting your life? Share your story and help us put a face on the student debt problem.
The gender pay gap plays a large role when it comes to women and student debt.
Our 2012 research report did an apples-to-apples breakdown of the pay gap between male and female college graduates one year after graduation.