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.

Harassment, Low Wages, and Debt: One Nonprofit Worker’s Story

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 »

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.”

She Went to Her Dream School, but Student Debt Turned It into a Nightmare

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017
Fear of student loan debt made Valerie sacrifice her dreams

Fear of Student Debt Made Me Sacrifice My Dreams: One Cop’s Story

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 19, 2017
The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

Making Sacrifices for Student Debt: One Lawyer’s Story

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 17, 2017
Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans research report cover

Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States

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. Read more »

Research   |   Education   |   April 12, 2017

American Association of University Women Marks Equal Pay Day with Action

AAUW is recognizing Equal Pay Day by focusing on political, business, and personal actions that could be taken to close the pervasive gender pay gap that negatively impacts women, families, and the American economy. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   April 04, 2017
Commission on the Status of Women 61 banner outside United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Women Demand Global Economic Parity, Not Status Quo

When women are economically empowered they have the potential to change their own economic status as well as that of the communities and countries in which they live. At the CSW, women made it known that we are using our expertise and raising our voices to take action to achieve gender equality. The world can’t wait another 170 years. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   March 30, 2017
The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap en espanol research report cover Spring 2017

La Pura Verdad sobre la Brecha Salarial por Género (Primavera 2017)

Probablemente ya había escuchado que a los hombres se les paga más que a las mujeres durante el transcurso de sus vidas. Pero ¿qué implica eso? La Pura Verdad sobre la Brecha Salarial por Género explica la brecha salarial en los Estados Unidos; cómo afecta las mujeres de todas las edades, razas, y de todos los niveles educativos; y qué puede hacer para cerrarla. Read more »

Women's March on Washington, January 2017. Woman with "Girl Power" written on her face. Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW.

Do Governors Know How to Pronounce “Woman”?

Every year at the beginning of their state’s respective legislative session governors deliver a State of the State address. This year the majority of governors’ agendas failed to cover AAUW priorities. Most didn’t even use the word “women.” Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 13, 2017
League of Tunisian Women Voters

NGOs Build a Strong Future for Women in Morocco and Tunisia

In Tunisia and Morocco it is apparent that they are raising their voices with us to demand women’s human and civil rights. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   March 10, 2017