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2017-18 AAUW Career Development Grantee Cortney Cleveland
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AAUW Reacts

"It's Senseless to Force International Students to Leave U.S."

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that students from abroad will have to leave the U.S. if their college or university classes are only offered online. As one of the world’s leading supporters for graduate education for women from around the globe, AAUW soundly rejects this decision, saying it would disrupt scholars’ lives and livelihoods, their research and the financial stability of academic institutions. 

High Court Declines Equal Pay Case

Progress Toward Banning Salary History in Pay Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a lower court’s decision prohibiting employers from relying on salary history to justify pay disparities. For the past eight years, AAUW has been working with plaintiff Aileen Rizo, who challenged the practice under the federal Equal Pay Act. We are proud to have helped to establish this important precedent, which brings us a step closer to gender pay equity.

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Take Pride

A Big Win for LGBTQ Rights

We applaud the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. AAUW supports the civil rights of all individuals and opposes all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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We Stand United Against Racism

AAUW joins the nation in mourning the losses of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed across our nation. Our country needs healing. But healing will only come with justice.

Black Lives Matter

A Harmful History

I think the fundamental problem is structural racism. And this is something that we have not actually dealt with. And so we keep having conversations about how we might tweak this or tweak that. Maybe we’ll pass some policy that’s anti-chokehold, and that sounds wonderful. But if you don’t actually get to the root of the problem, then you’ll find yourself in the same place over and over again.”

2016-17 AAUW American Fellow Keisha Blain speaking at a podium

Our Priority Issues

Deeper in Debt

Women and Student Loans in the Time of COVID-19

The global pandemic is making the country’s student debt crisis much worse, and women bear the greatest financial burden. Unless policymakers act to address student debt and bolster the U.S. economy, millions of women college graduates will face unprecedented burdens that will hamper their economic security for years to come.

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Title IX Needs Your Help

In May, the Department of Education issued an extremely harmful rule designed to substantially weaken Title IX. On the 48th anniversary of this landmark civil rights law, the Trump Administration wants to roll back important protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. We can’t let this stand.

Faces of AAUW

AAUW refuses to accept a future of unequal pay.

At the end of the day diversity is not only the right thing to do, it’s good for a company’s bottom line. Without action to close the pay gap, unequal pay will be a stark reality for women and families for the indeterminate future. That’s a scenario AAUW refuses to accept.

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