Research That Matters in the Lives of Women and Girls

AAUW conducts groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. Our work influences the national discussion on topics like the pay gap between women and men, sexual harassment in schools and on college campuses, and the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Through new and traditional media, targeted outreach to policymakers, and member efforts, AAUW research serves as a catalyst for action.

Upcoming AAUW Research

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Moving the Needle: Women in Engineering and Computing

AAUW’s upcoming research report will feature the latest data on girls’ achievement in subjects related to engineering and computing, how few women are working in these fields, and what can be done. Sign up to be the first to know the findings in early 2015.


Recent AAUW Research

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The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Fall 2014)

This commonsense guide, updated twice each year, provides key facts about the current state of the gender pay gap in the United States, with explanations and links to additional resources that can help you effectively advocate for pay equity.


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Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013)

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. This report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges.


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Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation (2012)

Graduating to a Pay Gap explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation.


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Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (2011)

Comprehensive research on sexual harassment in grades 7–12 reveals sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students’ education.


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Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2010)

This in-depth report describes eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education (2008)

A comprehensive look at girls’ educational achievement during the past 35 years, this report pays special attention to the relationship between girls’ and boys’ progress based on test scores and other educational evaluations.


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Behind the Pay Gap (2007)

Just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens.


See the AAUW research archives

The collection includes all current research reports as well as select publications from the entire AAUW history.


As part of AAUW’s philanthropic mission, our reports are made available at the lowest possible cost. Most reports are available for free download. Printed copies of some reports are also available through our online store, ShopAAUW. Research is published by AAUW unless otherwise indicated. Please contact connect@aauw.org with any questions.