Raina Nelson

Raina Nelson

Research Assistant

Raina Nelson (they/them/their) is a graduate from the New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida, and they are currently working in AAUW’s research department. Born in California, Raina moved south to Florida during high school. Before joining AAUW, Raina worked as a health policy fellow with Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis, and Associates, a lobbying firm on the Hill. Raina has a passionate interest in policy research, especially when it comes to the progress of marginalized people. AAUW’s historic commitment to advocacy on behalf of women and girls as well as a chance to develop important research skills led Raina to this position. In their spare time, Raina enjoys visiting art museums, reading nonfiction, painting, exercising, and listening to podcasts.

Work by Raina Nelson

Three female African American tech professionals participate in a meeting discussion.

Black Women and the Pay Gap

Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   August 01, 2018
Reading lesson in a Negro elementary school, Washington, D.C., 1942 (Library of Congress)

Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education

More than sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka schools are more segregated than they were in 1968 and black girls have suffered greatly as a result. Read more »

Blog   |   Education & Training   |   May 17, 2018
Equal Pay Day, Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

The Path to a Pay Gap Starts Early for Black Women and Girls

When it comes to the gender pay gap some women are penalized even more than others. AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap reveals that black women make only 63 percent of what non-Hispanic white men make. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   July 24, 2017