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Deeper in Debt Student Debt Crisis

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AAUW’s new research report Deeper In Debt has shown that women bare a disproportionate amount of student debt. These six women invested in themselves and their future by pursuing higher education. But those degrees came at large price. Read more.


Reflecting on the First AAUW Lobby Day

With our 49th AAUW National Convention coming up this June, take a minute to look back at our very first Lobby Day. This takes us back in time to 1989 and the 35th AAUW National Convention, where the theme that year was “Choices, Changes, and Connections.” Read more.


Your Vote is Your Voice

You voted November 8th in the hopes of shaping the future of America. Now is your chance to shape the future of AAUW. Your vote is your voice and it needs to be heard now more than ever. Take a minute to cast your vote on policy issues you want AAUW to focus on for the next two years, who you think should be on AAUW’s Board of Directors for the next two years, and changes to AAUW bylaws including the membership requirement. Learn more about the candidates, get ideas for using a branch meeting as a polling pary, and more in AAUW’s Voter Guide.
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Deeper in Debt

Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Register for the livestream launch event on May 24 or be the first to know when the report is released.
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AAUW Member Benefits


Membership with AAUW means you’re part of a community dedicated to changing the climate for women and girls. As an AAUW member, you will not only have access to valuable resources but also get discounted pricing on some merchandise and services. It’s one more way to express our gratitude for all your support to empower women and improve the lives of millions of women and families. With each purchase, AAUW receives a royalty that is used to support the work we do.
Click here to find out more about AAUW Member Benefits


Gear Up for Equal Pay Day with Weekly Actions

Equal pay day falls on Tuesday, April 4 this year. This is a day to show the discrepancies between what men and women are paid for the same job in the US. On average, women earn 20 percent less than men. Therefore, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.
Each week until April 4, we’ll share a new tip for how you can take action in your community and provide more tips and tools for how you can help ensure that women are paid fairly.

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The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2017)


Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men were paid. The figure is even more dire for African-American, Hispanic or Latino women. While many occupations have managed to narrow or even close the pay gap, disparity still exists.
AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses the issues such as the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; resources for fair pay advocates etc.
Interested in learning more about these issues and preparing for Equal Pay Day? Click here for the full report and details.


Play The President’s First Address BINGO


Play AAUW Bingo to find out what President Trump will say about women’s issues in his first address to Congress.
When : Tuesday, February 28, at 9 p.m. ET
You can print a bingo card or play our interactive bingo online and tweet picture of your winning card with #AAUWbingo to claim your prize.
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AAUW’s accomplishments in 2016

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back AAUW’s achievements which is the ultimate hard work of all of our members and supporters. Without their support, the success of the last year would not have been possible.

  • 200,000+ messages went out to state and federal legislators.
  • 6 states passed new equal pay laws in 2016.
  • 714 resource guides were delivered to Title IX coordinators in 29 states.
  • 2,200 signatures collected on AAUW’s petition urging Anheuser-Busch to sign the White House Equal Pay Pledge.
  • 44 years of Title IX celebrated with Senator Harry Reid.
  • 900+ get-out-the-vote events organized by members in 46 states.
  • 19 AAUW members were elected to state legislatures.
  • 12,000 young women and girls were empowered through AAUW’s leadership programs.
  • 11,460 women learned to ask for the salary they deserve through AAUW salary workshop negotiations

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The Election’s Over, and AAUW Needs Your Support More Than Ever

stand-against-bigotry-and-bias-600pxAAUW members and supporters stand up to bias and bigotry. AAUW’s voice is needed now more than ever.

We need your support to fight against unequal representation of women in business and government, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and on campus, the gender pay gap, and more.

Give to AAUW today

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Get Inspired by Women’s History in the Nation’s Capital

Photo credit: Vietnam Women’s Memorial by Cliff (cliff1066), via Wikimedia Commons

Washington D.C remains a hub for cultural enrichment and many sites recognize the hardships and achievements of women throughout history. As you plan to attend the AAUW National Convention in D.C. in in June 2017, consider allotting time to visit and be inspired by the extraordinary efforts of the women immortalized in these sites.

Read More : http://convention.aauw.org/2016/09/22/get-inspired-by-womens-history/