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.
AAUW : Empowering Women Since 1881
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Hispanic Heritage Month—which extends from September 15 to October 15—pays tribute to generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched our society. We’re proud of the accomplishments of these AAUW Fellows and Grantees and all our Hispanic and Latina members, supporters and funding recipients.
AAUW Reacts to The Latest Pay Gap Data
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.
Chronicling Latinas' Experiences
During #HispanicHeritageMonth and every month, it’s worth remembering that Latinas are a vital base of the U.S. economy. But due to deeply rooted structural inequities, they were among the hardest hit by the pandemic. An AAUW research project documents the health and economic repercussions of COVID-19 on Latinas—and outlines policy priorities to aid in the recovery.
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.
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.
Honoring 50 Years of Title IX
Title IX is a landmark federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education; it affects everything from admissions and athletics to STEM training and sexual-harassment policies. And AAUW is integral to its history. Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX with some special AAUW events.
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.
Our Legacy of Striding toward Equity
Learn about our organization’s storied history, dynamic present and bright future.
Members of AAUW’s Action Network receive urgent email notices and text messages when their advocacy is needed most. With our online Two-Minute Activist tool, it takes just minutes and an internet connection to make your voice heard on issues impacting women and girls!