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In 1885, a group of AAUW members conducted a survey that debunked the popular theory that higher education was bad for women's health. That first study established AAUW's commitment to cutting-edge research relevant to the struggle for gender equity in school and in society. 

Today, AAUW conducts groundbreaking research that 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. Recent reports address topics such as the pay gap between men and women, economic security of older women, sexual harassment on college campuses, and gender equity in science and engineering education.

Current Research Reports

Playbook on Best Practices: Gender Equity in Tech (2017)

In the midst of many reports on the lack of diversity in tech AAUW is pleased to share solutions for increasing the representation of women in engineering and computing.

A product of a partnership between AAUW and Dell, the Playbook on Best Practices: Gender Equity in Tech equips advocates and employers with actionable steps and a data-driven approach to promoting gender equity in tech.


Deeper in Debt  (2017)

Women and Student Loans

Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. Deeper in Debt aims to change the conversation.


The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2016)

Updated regularly with the most current statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap is a commonsense guide that provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States. Topics covered in the report include: the definition of the pay gap and its history; the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; and resources for fair pay advocates.

Full report>>


PowerPoint as PDF>>


Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership (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: The Status of Women in Leadership 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.

Full report>>

Executive Summary>>


Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing (2015)

This report asks why there are still so few women in the critical fields of engineering and computing — and explains what we can do to make these fields open to and desirable for all employees.  More information from the National AAUW website here>>


The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2014)

This commonsense guide, updated twice each year, provides key facts about the current state of the gender pay gap in the United States, with explanations and links to additional resources that can help you effectively advocate for pay equity.

Additional research on gender pay gap can be found here>>


Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013)

More than ever before, women are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. This report recommends policies and practices to help women succeed in community colleges.


Graduating to the Pay Gap - November, 2012

Explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation. The report, which uses the latest nationally representative data, compares apples to apples by looking at the pay gap after 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.


Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School - November 15, 2011

This survey presents new evidence on sexual harassment, including cyber-harassment, in middle and high schools.  It examines sexual harassment as reported in a nationwide survey of students in grades 7–12 conducted in May and June 2011.


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

An in-depth yet accessible profiles of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers – including stereotypes, gender bias and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities – that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Where the Girls Are

A comprehensive look at girls’ educational achievement during the past 35 years, paying special attention to the relationship between girls’ and boys’ progress.


Behind the Pay Gap

Research released in April 2007 by AAUW shows that just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues, even when they work in the same field.


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Website comments are welcome and may be directed to Mary King. This page last updated on Feb 27, 2018