AAUW Research

AAUW research draws national attention to issues of gender equity in education and the workplace; influences policy-makers as well as educators, parents, and students; and, most importantly, serves as a catalyst for action.

This collection includes all current research reports as well as select publications from the entire AAUW history.

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.

2013: Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to women-in-community-collegesSuccess 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.

2012: Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation

PayGapReport-1Building 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.

2010: Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

whysofew-1This 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.

2008: Where the Girls Are

whereGirlsAre-1A 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.

2007: Behind the Pay Gap

behindPayGap-1 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.