U.S. Cities Reveal a Wide Range of Gender and Racial Pay Gaps

No matter how you break down the gender pay gap numbers — by state, age, education, race, or occupation — the gap is substantial. And cities are not immune to this pervasive problem, as our new analysis shows. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   December 11, 2017
AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for equal pay on Equal Pay Day (2017).

States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017

Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 13, 2017
At the current rate of change, the gender pay gap won't close until 2119.

Gender Pay Gap Remains at 20 Cents

Women working full time on average still make 80 cents compared to every dollar men make. At the current rate of progress in closing the gap, women will not receive pay equity until the year 2119. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   September 12, 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 Justice   |   September 01, 2017
U.S. Flag flies at half-staff at the White House and all Federal facilities due to the Navy Yard shooting on September 16, 2013.

AAUW Statement on White House Decision on EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

The Office of Management and Budget is halting the implementation of the revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1) salary data collection. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   August 29, 2017
Start Smart Salary negotiation workshop at NCCWSL 2015

4 Tips to Negotiating for the Salary and Benefits You’re Worth

Ready to get paid what you’re worth? Follow these steps to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits package. Read more »

Blog   |   Career and Workplace   |   July 19, 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 Justice   |   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 »

Jaclyn at her college graduation with her sister Bethany.

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

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 »

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 Justice   |   May 24, 2017