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My Aha Moment: Was It Stereotype Threat?

At the time of my aha moment, I was a doctoral student in engineering education. I attended a university where people of color were noticeably absent. My race, age, and religious affiliation classified me as an outsider — a label I had already become familiar with as an African American female engineer. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 08, 2016
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Stereotypes Can Be Threatening

Stereotyping happens so often in our society that it may seem ordinary, but it is far from harmless. People may feel especially threatened by stereotypes about their own social groups, […] Read more »

Article   |   Career and Workplace   |   March 03, 2016
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Black Women in Politics: From Social Mobilizing to Elected Office

When it comes to civic participation and mobilization, black women are leading the way. But they remain severely underrepresented in electoral politics. Read more »

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Are You Biased against Women Leaders?

Knowing about the unconscious associations and connections we hold is the first step toward correcting our biases. That’s why AAUW is conducting our own original research on people’s associations between gender and leadership, and you can contribute by participating online! Read more »

Article   |   Leadership   |   February 10, 2016
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Why We’re Still Talking about the Doll Racism Test

After nearly 80 years, AAUW Achievement Award recipient Mamie Phipps Clark’s research about the impact dolls have on children’s body image is still relevant. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   February 10, 2016
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Pay Gap Especially Harmful for Black and Hispanic Women Struggling with Student Debt

The gap in student loan repayment is even larger for black and Hispanic women with college degrees; they paid off less than 10 percent of their debt in the same time period despite working full time. This is not surprising since the gender pay gap is even larger for black and Hispanic women, even among college graduates. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   3 Comments   |   February 08, 2016
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The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2016)

Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Read more »

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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
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National Mentoring Month: Why Sponsorship Matters for Women in STEM

Although both mentoring and sponsorship can improve women’s recruitment and retention in STEM, AAUW’s “Solving the Equation” research report suggests that sponsorship may be uniquely beneficial. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   January 21, 2016
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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