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.
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.
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.