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 »

Employees working at a McDonald's restaurant

Minimum Wage Raise Critical for Women Workers

For most employees, payday is a cause for celebration and an acknowledgement of a job well done. But for workers like Natalie Gunshannon, it can be a frustrating reminder of […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   July 09, 2013
Woman's mouth and a microphone

Is That a Question or a Statement? How You Speak Matters

You don’t have to be a public speaker to pay attention to your voice. Before an interview, salary negotiation, or presentation, we are sure to look professional and have our talking points down — but what about how we’re going to say it? Our voice is something we can control, so we need to stop ignoring it. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   1 Comments   |   June 25, 2013
Women and men gather around a computer

7 Tips for Unpaid Interns

Not only are three out of four unpaid interns likely to be women, but these women have a poorer chance of getting a job than an intern who is paid. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   2 Comments   |   June 21, 2013
Miss Utah in a gown at the Miss USA pageant

Leave Miss Utah Alone

On Sunday evening, an unexpected topic came up during the Miss USA beauty pageant: equal pay. Here’s what happened. During the interview portion of the annual pageant, Miss Utah Marissa […] Read more »

Girls at a Tech Trek camp work on computers.

How Tech Trek Is Fixing the STEM Education Crisis

STEM education has been causing a lot of debate lately. Heated discussions arise about how to prepare U.S. students for the future with strong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, and how to give them the chance to succeed in a demanding workforce. Read more »

Article   |   Education   |   June 14, 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
Elena Noble stands outside with a house in the background.

Retirement Tough after $200,000 Lost to Gender Pay Gap

Elena Noble found that her years of volunteer leadership at an elementary school didn’t matter as much as her gender in determining her salary when she became a teacher. As […] Read more »

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
Kerri Sleeman

Bankruptcy Court Revealed “Heartbreaking” Pay Inequity

  Update (April 4, 2014): Kerri Sleeman testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on April 1 at a hearing called Access to Justice: Ensuring Equal […] Read more »