Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation

October 24, 2012

Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation explores the earnings difference between male and female college graduates working full time, one year after graduation using the latest nationally representative data available. The report compares “apples” to “apples” by looking at the pay gap after controlling for various factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, college major, and hours worked. The report also looks at one immediate effect of the pay gap for many women, high student loan debt burden.

This report was made possible thanks to generous contributions from AAUW members and donors to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund and the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle.

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Catherine Hill is the director of research at AAUW, where she has co-authored reports on gender equity in education and the workplace. Before coming to AAUW, Hill was a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and a doctorate in public policy from Rutgers University.

Christianne Corbett is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she writes about gender equity in education and the workplace. She is a co-author of a number of AAUW reports including AAUW’s Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation (2012) and Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2010). Christianne is a regular spokesperson for AAUW on the subject of the underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM as well as the gender pay gap. She has been interviewed and quoted by many media outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on CNN and MSNBC.  Before coming to AAUW, she worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill and as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry. Corbett holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and government from the University of Notre Dame.

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