Analysis Reveals Gender and Racial Pay Gaps for 25 Major U.S. Cities

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) released an analysis of the gender pay gap in 25 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   December 13, 2017

San Francisco to Offer City-Wide Salary Negotiation Workshops for Women

San Francisco Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women announced a new partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to sponsor monthly AAUW Work Smart and Start Smart salary negotiation workshops, aiming to train 20,000 women by 2020. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   December 11, 2017
Black ball and chain with the words "Student Loans" painted on them.

Student Debt through the Gender Lens

The promise of higher education has meant that women now make up the majority of college students. But that advancement has come along with crushing student debt that disproportionately affects women. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   September 01, 2017
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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 Security   |   July 24, 2017
Most women of color are even deeper in debt (infographic)

Think Black Women Deserve More than 63 Cents to the Dollar? Join the #BlackWomensEqualPay Day Twitter Storm

Would you like to work almost 20 months just to get paid the same paycheck your coworkers get paid in a year? That’s the case for black women in the United States, who are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Read more »

Event   |   Economic Security   |   July 31, 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.

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

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   June 02, 2017
Most women of color are even deeper in debt (infographic)

7 Women’s Stories of Student Debt

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 »

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New Report: Women Hold Two-Thirds of Country’s $1.3-Trillion Student Debt

A new American Association of University Women (AAUW) report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, estimates that women hold almost two-thirds ($833 billion) of the country’s $1.3-trillion student debt while men hold $477 billion. The research shows that those with the scarcest resources bear the brunt of student debt in the United States. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   May 24, 2017
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.

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

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   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.”

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

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 »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   May 24, 2017