Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

April 30, 2013

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. This report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges. In particular, we find that child care is a critical issue for student mothers. Women also need more support for pursuing opportunities in STEM and other male-dominated fields.

With increased attention and improved outreach to women students, the nation’s community colleges can build on their legacy of providing educational opportunity to all. The issues this report addresses are of particular concern to women at community colleges, but improving outcomes for women will benefit everyone.

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


Report Authors

Andresse St. Rose is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she studies a wide range of gender equity issues in higher education and the workplace, including the recruitment and retention of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the educational pathway. She is a co-author of AAUW’s Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2010) and Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education (2008). She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hamilton College, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College, and a doctorate in education policy from the George Washington University.

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.


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