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Pay Gap Especially Harmful for Black and Hispanic Women Struggling with Student Debt

For recent college graduates, carrying multiple student loans adding up to tens of thousands of dollars is the new normal. Nearly 70 percent of college seniors who graduated in 2014 […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   February 08, 2016
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The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016)

You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap explains the pay gap in the United States, how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels, and what you can do to close it. Read more »

Research   |   Economic Justice   |   February 06, 2016
President Barack Obama signs into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House. January 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

AAUW Statement on Obama’s Proposed Rule on Equal Pay

Seven years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law his first piece of legislation as president, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. At today’s event celebrating the anniversary, the president directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, to publish a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   January 29, 2016
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Why President Obama’s Final State of the Union Matters for Women and Girls

The president’s speech hit on some important AAUW priorities — and was disappointingly silent on other key issues like ending violence against women and the attacks on women’s access to reproductive health services and birth control. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   1 Comments   |   January 14, 2016
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In Your Own Words: AAUW’s Impact on Real Lives in 2015

At the core of AAUW is the empowerment of women and girls. This is most evident in the feedback we get from the people affected by our programs. Whether it’s […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   December 18, 2015
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Your Guide to Awkward Family Conversations about Sexism

What do you say when your sister says, “I wouldn’t vote for a woman president. They’re too sensitive!” Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   December 17, 2015
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7 Feminist Resolutions for the New Year

How will you be a more thoughtful, inclusive, active feminist in 2016? Here are seven suggested resolutions for the coming year. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   December 15, 2015
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Closing in on the Pay Gap

Boston could be the first city to close the gender pay gap. At least that’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s goal, and it might just be possible, thanks to AAUW. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   December 09, 2015
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Humans Will Probably Walk on Mars Before Women Get Equal Pay

Here are just some of the things we might have before women achieve equal pay: flying cars, long walks on Mars, teleportation, hoverboards, household robots. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   November 23, 2015
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Being a Top Earner Didn’t Stop This Woman from Being Forced out of Finance

The Fortune 500 company Jane worked for had paid her a small fraction of what it paid her male colleagues, justifying it partially because she might get pregnant. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 30, 2015