Cheryl Hughes headshot

Engineer Took All the Right Steps But Still Didn’t Receive Fair Pay

I was a divorced mother of two when I began pursuing an engineering degree in 1982. I had to overcome many obstacles such as an overwhelming male majority in the field, time management constraints, child care dilemmas, and finding a balance between motherhood and being a student. However, there was one obstacle I couldn’t overcome — pay inequity. Read more »

A woman and a girl stand together holding anti-bullying signs.

How Does Your School District Score on Bullying and Harassment?

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will ask schools to report how many students were bullied because of sexual orientation. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   July 15, 2013
Supreme Court of the United States, 2010

Our Thoughts on What’s Happening at the Supreme Court

We’ve compiled a list of major decisions from this Supreme Court term and analyzed their impact on AAUW’s public policy priorities. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   July 08, 2013
A cartoon of a girl asking her grandmother, "Are you as old as the Equal Pay Act?"

Equal Pay Act Renovation

One month before the Equal Pay Act was signed into law, I celebrated my eighth birthday. Sailing along, enjoying life as a second-grader, I had no clue that 1963 was […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   June 04, 2013

Celebrate Title IX with AAUW, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the Fabulous 70s

AAUW will push for greater Title IX enforcement by celebrating the most successful legacy of this groundbreaking civil rights law — women’s opportunities in athletics — with a skills clinic led by the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and a basketball shoot-out for members of Congress and staffers. Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) office is collaborating on the effort. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   May 28, 2013
Ellie Setser

Salary Bump Follows “Disgusting” Pay Discrimination

Ellie Setser and her female colleagues fought pay discrimination in the late 1970s with a series of anonymous complaints. Setser worked in a research lab at a teaching hospital. The […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   May 17, 2013
Audrey Davenport

Ready for a Change, She Ran for Mayor

Though she never met an architect in her small town of Cornelia, Georgia, Audrey Davenport grew up with an affinity for housing and architecture. She could visualize floor plans and […] Read more »

Businesswoman at her desk

Fight for Fair Pay Comes with Fear of Retaliation

A now-defunct engineering firm represented a career opportunity to a woman in her 20s — until she learned that the company paid women less and kept them out of certain […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   April 19, 2013
AAUW of Colorado members lobbied at their capitol last month.

Success Stories from Some AAUW Lobby Stars

As we in the advocacy-minded world all know, battles around issues like pay equity, bullying and harassment in schools, and paid sick days come at us in all kinds of realms […] Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   April 08, 2013
Me at the United for Marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court yesterday

Why I Stand for Marriage Equality

  When my home state of Massachusetts became the first in the United States to allow same-sex marriage in 2004, only around 32 percent of Americans supported marriage equality. Now […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 27, 2013