Pay Equity Research

AAUW has published multiple reports about gender pay equity and difficulties in work places.

The list below contains downloadable Adobe PDF reports.


Barriers and Bias 2016

Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers-and-Bias 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. The Executive Summary is available here. BarriersBias-one-pager-nsa

AAUW-2018-SimpleTruth-nsa is published and/or updated each year. You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is it because women have more caregiving responsibilities?

AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 79 percent statistic. The report explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it. See the PDF for AAUW-2018-SimpleTruth-nsa and Simple-Truth-Update-2019_v2-002  or Pura-Verdad-Spanish-Spring-2017

Graduating to the Pay Gap has the full report, executive summary and  a presentation. Graduating-to-a-pay-gap-the-earnings-of-women-and-men-one-year-after-college-graduation is the full report. The executive summary Graduating-to-a-Pay-Gap-The-Earnings-of-Women-and-Men-One-Year-after-College-Graduation-Executive-Summary-and-Recommendations is available here.

Right now about 44 million borrowers in the United States hold about $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans. The scale of outstanding student loans and an increasing share of borrow­ers who fail to repay have made many Americans aware that student debt is a challenge for society and for individual borrowers. Yet despite the fact that women represented 56 percent of those enrolled in American colleges and universities in fall 2016, many people do not think of student debt as a women’s issue. This report reveals that women also take on larger student loans than do men. And because of the gender pay gap, they have less disposable income with which to repay their loans after graduation, requiring more time to pay back their student debt than do men. As a result, women hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States — more than $800 billion.

This colorful, accessible executive summary makes it easy to share some of the key themes of the report and spark discussion in your community. Download Deeper In Debt_ExecutiveSummary-nsa as a companion piece to the full report or as a conversation starter at an event.

Solving the equation describes career difficulties of professional women in engineering and computing fields. For the executive summary Solving-the-Equation-executive-summary-nsa



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