Author Archives: Danielle Bilotta

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans (May 2017)

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.

1995: Keeping Chinese Girls in School

Keeping Chinese Girls in School-English


Keeping Chinese Girls in School-Chinese


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.