Creating a Legacy: A Mother and Daughter Take On AAUW Lobby Day 2017 11July

AAUW members Barbara Price and her daughter Melissa Young.
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   July 11, 2017

In many ways lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill is second nature to me: It was part of my responsibilities while serving as the executive director of a statewide nonprofit for 20 years and as a member of AAUW. Read more »

Hear These Students Lead: Promoting Women’s Leadership through Spoken Word 29June

Five members of the University of the District of Columbia's AAUW Campus Action Project team stand with their leadership project poster for #HEARMELEAD.
Blog   |   Campus   |   June 29, 2017

On April 28, 2017, 25 student leaders performed spoken word poetry for a crowd of supporters at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Read more »

AAUW Convention: A Call to Action from CEO Kim Churches 28June

2017 aauw convention members talking
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   June 28, 2017

There’s nothing like entering a room of nearly 800 activists to get you fired up about the future of AAUW. Read more »

AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By Storm 28June

Lobby Day 2017
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   June 28, 2017

From Alaska to Arkansas, California to Connecticut, Nebraska to New York, AAUW members were pumped and ready to take the fight for gender equity directly to Capitol Hill. Read more »

Unemployment Quintupled My Student Loan Debt: One Pell Grantee’s Story 02June

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   June 02, 2017

Candice’s parents were working-class people who did not attend college, nor did they have a lot of money to send Candice and her sister to college. Her loan burden is now about $120,000. Read more »

7 Women’s Stories of Student Debt 01June

AAUW’s 2017 research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans found that when it comes to student loans, women bear a disproportionate burden of student debt. Read about seven women who made the decision to invest in their futures by pursuing college degrees, but at what price. Read more »

Even with a Scholarship and Parents’ Help, She Faces a 25-Year Student Debt Burden 31May

Jaclyn at her college graduation with her sister Bethany.
Blog   |   Education   |   May 31, 2017

The financial burdens of young people have changed making the decision to go to college and paying for it very different today than it was a few decades ago. Read more »

Three Musts for Intersectional Feminism 31May

Younger Women’s Task Force Greater Lafayette (IN) Chapter members at a Stand with Standing Rock demonstration
Blog   |   Advocacy   |   May 31, 2017

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen a surge of, or rather a recommitment to, feminism. The fear of losing the progress that women have made regarding reproductive rights, antidiscrimination laws, and fair pay has been weighing on me, but demonstrations like the 2017 Women’s Marches give me hope. Read more »

Harassment, Low Wages, and Debt: One Nonprofit Worker’s Story 24May

Ashley took out loans to finance her education but now, can’t afford much more than the minimum payment. The balancing act of paying off her student debt and affording living expenses has actually forced her to take on additional loans. It’s a frustrating cycle.
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017

Ashley thought she was being financially savvy by going to a local community college near her home in Illinois. Ashley is one of 12 kids, and her family wasn’t in a position to foot the bill for her education. She attended class full time while working full time, split between Starbucks and a doctor’s office. She eventually transferred to Columbia College, Chicago, and graduated with her associate degree in May 2008. Read more »

She Went to Her Dream School, but Student Debt Turned It into a Nightmare 24May

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.”
Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 24, 2017

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.” Read more »