Anita Hill, J.D., testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 1991. Getty Images.

Anita Hill, J.D., testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on October 14, 1991. Getty Images.

How We as AAUW Can Fight Sexual Harassment

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   March 15, 2018

The year 2017 saw a dizzying number of powerful men in Hollywood, journalism, politics, medicine, and more accused of sexual misconduct. In the wake of the ongoing cultural reckoning with sexual harassment, where can AAUW exert an impact? Read more »

Black Women and the Pay Gap 01August

Black women in the U.S. are typically paid 61 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Blog   |   Economic Security   |   August 01, 2018

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 »

I Am Worth More: Zoe Spencer on Fighting Racism and Sexism in Academia 01August

Zoe Spencer at the VCU commencement.

Zoe Spencer was thrilled when she began her dream career of teaching sociology. But she was alarmed to discover that less qualified male coworkers were being paid better than she was. “I must admit … I assumed I would be protected there. I was certain that I would be safe from the inequities that raged outside the walls of an HBCU. I was wrong.” Read more »

Never Too Late: Nell Painter on Starting a New Career in Her Sixties 17July

Cover of the book Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   July 17, 2018

After retiring from Princeton University following a celebrated teaching and scholarship career in history, AAUW Coretta Scott King Fellow Nell Irvin Painter did something no one saw coming: she began a second career as an artist. Read more »

A Lifelong Connection to AAUW 05July

black and white photo of four women at the 1955 AAUW national convention

Bani Singh Mahadeva, a 1954–55 AAUW International Fellow, began her relationship with AAUW in 1954. Today, 64 years later, Mahadeva is a Champion and a Legacy Circle member. Read more »

These Women Are Tackling the Gender Pay Gap 18June

2012–13 AAUW American Fellow Sanjukta Chaudhuri, Ph.D.

“The pay gap persists even after adjusting for education, choice of major, hours of work, industry, and occupation of employment.” — 2012–13 AAUW American Fellow and research analyst Sanjukta Chaudhuri, Ph.D. Read more »

The Equal Pay Act at 55: Looking Back and Looking Forward 07June

AAUW staff stand behind former President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act
Blog   |   Economic Security   |   June 07, 2018

Tired of waiting for equality in your pay envelope? Let’s give the Equal Pay Act something it really needs on its 55th birthday: an update. Read more »

Still Separate, Still Unequal: The Role of Black Women and Girls in the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education 17May

Reading lesson in a Negro elementary school, Washington, D.C., 1942 (Library of Congress)
Blog   |   Education & Training   |   May 17, 2018

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 »

Celebrate Yourself and Learn to Say No: Niken Carpenter’s Advice to Immigrant Women 16May

A young woman stands with a CEO wearing a business suit

When 2014–15 AAUW Career Development Grantee Niken Astari Carpenter first moved to the United States, she didn’t know many people — but when she met members of the AAUW Erie (PA) Branch, she found lifelong friends, mentors, and a connection to a community. Read more »

AAUW’s UN Youth Representative Brings Global Student Voices Together about Clean Water 03May

From left: AAUW UN Youth Representatives Jordan Davis and Veronica McKinny from Lehigh University at the conference
Blog   |   Leadership   |   May 03, 2018

At a time when teenagers are revolutionizing social media activism, organizing school walkouts, and mobilizing nationwide marches for their right to a safe education, one thing is universally clear: Youth voices are essential to solving the world’s problems. Read more »

State of the States: A Globally Competitive Workforce Starts with an Equitable Workplace 23April

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Clay Masters about her transition to be the next governor. 5/2/2017 Photo by John Pemble,
Blog   |   Economic Security   |   April 23, 2018

At the start of legislative sessions, governors across the country deliver their assessments of the condition of their states. Thirty-two made a strong push to improve education, yet only one governor mentioned the importance of supporting women in STEM fields. Read more »