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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 »

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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
Pam Yuen (bottom row, second from right) stood with the president as he made the call for everyone to be paid fairly. Watch the video.

3 Big AAUW Moments on the Equal Pay Act’s 50th Anniversary

We also made a splash around the Equal Pay Act anniversary at the White House, at our national convention, and online. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   July 01, 2013
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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
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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 »

Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio speaks at podium with Nancy Pelosi and Lisa Maatz

AAUW, Coalition Paint the Hill Red for the Pay Gap

On June 6, AAUW and the Paycheck Fairness Coalition painted Capitol Hill red. Seventy-five advocates from 12 organizations gathered in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act in recognition of the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed into law 50 years ago. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   June 10, 2013
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Salary Negotiation Could Have Made a Difference

Anastasia Engebretson accepted the salary offered to her in her first job out of college. She didn’t know she had the option to negotiate. She found when she arrived for […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   1 Comments   |   June 10, 2013
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“Strength of Character” Needed to Survive Pay Discrimination Lawsuit

Author’s note: The following blog post tells a story of gender pay inequity — a situation we hear about too often at AAUW. I have presented the story as told […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   June 05, 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
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Head-of-Household Pay Denied to Woman Teacher

Sara Anderson’s career began with a lesson on pay inequity: As a woman, she didn’t qualify for head-of-household pay. Anderson was hired as a teacher after she graduated from college […] Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   May 30, 2013