Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success explores an underappreciated part of our higher education system. The report looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education, including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. The particular concerns and needs of student mothers’ and barriers women face in pursuing STEM and nontraditional fields are examined in detail. The report includes recommendations that will strengthen community colleges for all students.
This commonsense, annually updated guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States, with explanations and resources to help our members effectively advocate for equal pay.
Building on AAUW’s previous report on the gender pay gap, Graduating to a Pay Gap explores the earnings difference between women and men college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation. The report examines men’s and women’s wages, controlling for various factors known to affect earnings such as occupation, college major, and hours worked. It also examines one immediate effect that the pay gap has on many women: the heavy burden of student loan debt.
Nationally representative research on sexual harassment in grades 7–12 revealed sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students’ education. Members took the report to their local schools, and video on the report was shown in many high schools.
This report examines barriers facing women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. In addition to a compilation of statistics on the subject, the report also presented eight policy-relevant research findings. Why So Few? was highly acclaimed nationally as well as internationally; it was presented at the 55th session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
A comprehensive look at girls’ educational achievement during the past 35 years, Where the Girls Are analyzes girls’ and boys’ performance on standardized tests and other measures of achievement from elementary school through college. The report debunks the myth of a “boys’ crisis” in education.
Just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues, according to this national study. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens. Based on these findings, AAUW Director of Research Catherine Hill testified before the House Education and Labor Committee at the first hearing on pay equity the committee had held in a decade.
Nearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment at some point during college, including nearly one-third of first-year students, according to Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus. This report contributes to our understanding of how college students perceive, experience, and respond to sexual harassment and how we can create a harassment-free campus culture.
This report examines sex discrimination cases supported by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund during the previous 20 years and concludes with recommendations aimed at preventing future incidents of sex discrimination for female faculty and for higher education institutions.
AAUW receives a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine projects designed to promote women’s and girls’ participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The findings are published as Under the Microscope: A Decade of Gender Equity Projects in the Sciences.