This commonsense guide, updated each year, explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what AAUW members can do to close it. In 2016, for the fifth anniversary of The Simple Truth, we updated the report with information on disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
This report offers a broad overview of how student debt became a women’s issue. It aims to change the conversation around student debt so that it includes gender-based analysis and solutions. The analysis examines the experiences of women as a diverse population and presents statistics by race and ethnicity as well as other demographics. The report also includes recommendations for institutions of higher learning and policy makers committed to keeping higher education affordable for everyone.
Men greatly outnumber women in leadership, especially in top positions. This report examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.
This report features the latest data on women’s achievement in subjects related to engineering and computing, how few women are working in these fields, and what can be done.
AAUW 1991-92 International Fellow Dali Tan and her sister Dawei Tan conducted research in Hubei Province, China in order to find out what the root causes for girls (and boys) dropping out of school were, and how they were being addressed by individual teachers, provincial governments, and at the national level.
To do this, the team first completed a literature review, then visited the Education Commission and All-China Women’s Federation, and Bureau of Statistics of Hubei Province to get a more refined look at girl specific numbers and challenges in the area. They then prepared and distributed questionnaires to 600 schools in five counties in Hubei which were economically diverse to get the most thorough result. Of these, 303 were properly filled out and returned. Based on these returns, Dawei Tan then visited 18 schools which had been successfully reducing the dropout rate for girls through a number of strategies.
Overall, the researchers found that local primary and secondary schools in Hubei Province were doing a lot of different things to mitigate the dropout rate of girls, some more successfully than others. The biggest challenge was family poverty and the need for girls to work.