Book cover for Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom, AAUW 2016–17 American Postdoctoral Fellow Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D.

Keisha N. Blain, Ph.D.: Chronicling Black Women on the Front Lines of Protest

In a watershed year when more women publicly rebelled against inequality, unified, agitated, showed up, organized, and raised their collective voices, women’s movements globally have moved to the forefront and are making history almost on a daily basis. Read more »

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
A woman student wearing a graduation gown and cap with the words "Nevertheless, she persisted"

Full Equity in Higher Education Remains Elusive

It’s been a long time since women had to sit behind screens in the college classroom in order not to “disrupt” their male classmates, but we still haven’t reached full equity in higher education. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   August 04, 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
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 Justice   |   May 24, 2017
Fear of student loan debt made Valerie sacrifice her dreams

Fear of Student Debt Made Me Sacrifice My Dreams: One Cop’s Story

Valerie knew she wanted to go to college to achieve her academic dreams, but the threat of student loan debt was just too great. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 19, 2017
The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

Making Sacrifices for Student Debt: One Lawyer’s Story

There are a wealth of myths surrounding student debt loans and their repayment. For example, many students who pursue law degrees do so with the belief that the careers they […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Justice   |   May 17, 2017