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2021-22 AAUW Career Development Grantee Hilda Jacobo
2021-22 AAUW Career Development Grantee Hilda Jacobo

Celebrating Native American Heritage

November is Native American Heritage month, when we pay tribute to the rich histories, diverse cultures and important contributions of our nation’s first people. We’re proud of the accomplishments of these AAUW Fellows and Grantees and all our indigenous members, supporters and funding recipients.

2021-22 American Fellow Jacque Kocer

Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, University of New Mexico, and 2021-22 AAUW American Fellow

2012-13 AAUW Career Development Grantee Hannabah Blue

Consultant, John Snow, Inc., and 2012-13 AAUW Career Development Grantee

Program Manager, Northrop Grumman, and 2008-09 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow

2008-9 Community Action Grantee Albuquerque GED Inc.

A nonprofit providing adult educational services and 2014-15 AAUW Community Action Grantee

AAUW Reacts to The Latest Pay Gap Data

Women’s economic security is under constant threat and, no matter how you measure it, the gender pay gap remains persistent and unacceptable. In a calculation of the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau comparing full-time, year-round workers, women took home 83.7% of the pay that men did—a figure that is not statistically different from the pay gap in 2020. In addition, a more comprehensive calculation that compared everyone with earnings in 2021 (including part-time and seasonal workers) found that women were paid a shocking 77% of men’s wages last year.

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An Issue of Equity

One Step Towards Less Student Debt

AAUW applauds President Biden’s announcement to forgive $20,000 of student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients, $10,000 for many other borrowers, and to extend the federal student loan payment pause for all borrowers. We are pleased that the Administration heeded many of the recommendations in a recent AAUW report—but women and their families need more.

2019-20 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Kimberly Jung
Educational Funding

Apply for a Fellowship or Grant

Follow in the footsteps of award-winning authors, scientists, scholars and trailblazers. Application deadlines run from November to December 2022.

Pregnant worker
Two-Minute Activist

Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to make reasonable accommodations to protect the health of pregnant workers, such as letting them carry bottles of water or take restroom breaks. This critical legislation passed the House of Representatives more than a year ago, but it continues to stall in the Senate. Tell our leaders that pregnant workers cannot wait another day.

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Rallying for Reproductive Rights

AAUW strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. AAUW believes everyone has the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives without government interference. Abortion access is vital to women’s ability to control their lives, bodies and futures. Without reproductive freedom, there can be no equity.

AAUW Alumna Publication

Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America
Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D.

2016-17 AAUW American Fellow

Award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author Keisha N. Blain situates Fannie Lou Hamer as a key political thinker alongside leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. She demonstrates how Hamer’s ideas remain salient for a new generation of activists committed to dismantling systems of oppression in the United States and across the globe.

A blend of social commentary, biography and intellectual history, Until I Am Free is a manifesto for anyone committed to social justice. The book challenges us to listen to a working-poor and disabled Black woman activist and intellectual of the civil rights movement as we grapple with contemporary concerns around race, inequality and social justice.

Watch AAUW CEO Gloria L. Blackwell discuss the book with Dr. Blain in the video below.

Recent Webinar

Gloria L. Blackwell in Conversation with Alumna Dr. Keisha Blain

Until I Am Free has been described as a must-read for anyone committed to social justice. Learn more.

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