For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
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By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.
Please take a look – and click! – under About Us to see our exciting, upcoming Programs for 2018-18!
- Our High School Scholars Program, May , 2019 will be held at the Highline School District Offices, 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA. The program features 11th grade girls from 7 area high schools who have excelled in math, science and technology. You’ll love this heart warming evening. (see About Us)
- Learn about the amazing adventures of our Tech Trek Camp participants. In 2018, we sponsored three 7th grade girls to attend this summer camp. Help us to continue this great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunity. (see About Us)
DID YOU KNOW?…..
It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap
New data for 2017 reveals the gender pay gap has stagnated at 20 cents. Pay Gap Stuck at 20 Cents
September 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — The following statement was issued by AAUW Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches
In response to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data on the gender pay gap. “Today’s news that the gender pay gap remains stuck at 20 cents on the dollar reminds us once again that we need to accelerate our efforts to eliminate this inequity once and for all.
Women face a pay gap from the minute they enter the workforce, and that gap grows exponentially throughout their careers. It exists in nearly every profession, for hourly and salaried employees, and in every region of the country. The latest data offers further proof that the gap is even more significant for Black women (39 cent gap) and Latinas (47 cent gap).
Unless we change course, the gap between men and women’s earnings will not close until 2106. In fact, the pay gap has only decreased by a nickel over the past 20 years.
But working together, we’re confident that we can achieve pay equity by 2030.
At AAUW, we’re committed to advocating for stronger equal pay laws, working with employers to improve practices and cultures, and empowering women to successfully negotiate their own financial futures. We’re urging Congress to update and strengthen current law by
passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. We’re calling on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to implement crucial pay data collection through the EEO-1 which would enable them to identify trends in wage discrimination and encourage voluntary compliance by
employers. These are important comprehensive approaches to closing the pay gap for all workers. Through our Work Smart initiative, AAUW will train 10 million women around the country in salary negotiation by 2022.
We’re off to a strong start: We’ve teamed up with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to train 85,000 of the women in the city in salary negotiation by 2021. Similar efforts are underway in five additional cities. Last month, we launched an initiative to train one million women in Kansas and Missouri through Work Smart, with the Women’s Foundation and Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Later this month, we will debut a free AAUW Work Smart Online course in salary negotiation to provide an easy way for all women to learn the ins and outs of negotiating for the best possible pay. Cities, states, and employers are increasingly realizing the value of fair pay: It strengthens their workforce, promotes equitable communities and helps their economy and bottom line. We shouldn’t be satisfied with spare change when it comes to pay equity. We all deserve equal pay and refuse to settle for anything less.”
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and
advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United