Research That Matters in the Lives of Women and Girls

AAUW conducts groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in education and the workplace. Our work influences the national discussion on topics like the pay gap between women and men, sexual harassment in schools and on college campuses, and the underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. Through new and traditional media, targeted outreach to policymakers, and member efforts, AAUW research serves as a catalyst for action.

Pay Equity

The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap research report cover (fall 2018)

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Fall 2018)

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.

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La Pura Verdad sobre la Brecha Salarial por Género (Primavera 2017 )

Probablemente ya había escuchado que a los hombres se les paga más que a las mujeres durante el transcurso de sus vidas. Pero ¿qué implica eso? La Pura Verdad sobre la Brecha Salarial por Género explica la brecha salarial en los Estados Unidos; cómo afecta las mujeres de todas las edades, razas, y de todos los niveles educativos; y qué puede hacer para cerrarla.

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans (2017)

AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.


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Broken Ladders: Barriers to Women’s Representation in Nonprofit Leadership (2018)

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions across all sectors of the economy and American society. In this research, we take a closer look at the broken ladders to advancement that women face even in sectors where they make up the majority of workers: at nonprofit organizations, in postsecondary education, and at philanthropic foundations.


Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership (2016)

Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and bias.

Women and Girls in STEM


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

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.


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

This in-depth report describes eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Access to Education

A young woman opening a glass door where you can see in her reflection that she is smiling. The words Women in Community College: Access to Success on the door.

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.

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Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (2011)

Comprehensive research on sexual harassment in grades 7–12 reveals sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students’ education.


Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education (2008)

A comprehensive look at girls’ educational achievement during the past 35 years, this report pays special attention to the relationship between girls’ and boys’ progress based on test scores and other educational evaluations.

Women in the Workplace


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

Graduating to a Pay Gap explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation.


Behind the Pay Gap (2007)

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. Ten years after graduation, the pay gap widens.

See the AAUW research archives

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

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