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Making Work Work: We Need Paid Family and Medical Leave

While FMLA is a success story, many Americans do not use their FMLA leave because it is unpaid, and they cannot afford the time off of work without a paycheck. In fact, only 11 percent of private sector workers have paid family leave through their employers. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   December 10, 2013
Jessica Bonilla at her BCC graduation ceremony

The Best Decision I Ever Made

For many high school students, enrolling in college right after graduation is a rite of passage, but not for me. I worked full time during the day and on the weekends while attending night classes at a community college. After two years, I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. Read more »

Blog   |   Education   |   1 Comments   |   October 29, 2013
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Debt Ceilings and Grand Bargains and Continuing Resolutions, Oh My!

What does it mean to be shut down, to default, or to strike a grand bargain? Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 10, 2013
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Get MAD about the Government Shutdown!

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt Today, I was writing about why a government shutdown […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   September 27, 2013
The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap 2013

AAUW Releases State Rankings on Equal Pay Based on New Census Data

AAUW released its latest analysis of the gender pay gap, which shows that the gap is narrowest in the District of Columbia, where women’s median earnings are 90 percent of men’s, and widest in Wyoming, where women earn just 64 percent of what men earn. Nationally, women working full time are paid, only 77 percent of what men are paid, just as they were a decade ago. Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   September 19, 2013
77 cents to every man's dollar

AAUW Reacts to Disappointing News about the Gender Wage Gap

AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE, today issued the following statement in response to the findings from the just-released U.S. Census Bureau report, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   September 17, 2013
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New Wage Gap Numbers Aren’t So New

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2012 gender wage gap numbers. And guess what. The wage gap still stands at 23 cents. That means a woman working full time, year-round still typically takes home 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   8 Comments   |   September 17, 2013
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New Tool Makes Student Loan Forgiveness Easier for Public Servants

Educational debt can be daunting for any recent grad, but recently we’ve been hearing about a lot of options to help make paying it back easier. Did you know that one of the types of loan forgiveness applies specifically to those in public service careers? Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   September 05, 2013
AAUW Fellow Allison White with Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi Rallies Texas Women at AAUW Event

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received a Texas-sized welcome Monday from AAUW members and friends in the Lone Star State. Pelosi spoke in Austin about a new economic agenda for women. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   August 28, 2013
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Learn Your Rights in the Workplace

Just in time for Women’s Equality Day, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) is proud to launch our new Know Your Rights in the Workplace page. On this page you will find up-to-date content and all the latest legal developments straight from the experts, so you know you’re getting the best information on workplace protection. Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   August 23, 2013