How Business Creates Value:
AAUW’s story begins in 1881, when a small group of female college graduates banded together to open the doors for women’s career advancement and to encourage more women to pursue higher education.
How Member Creates Value:
An inclusive learning community with a single goal: Equity for all.
Are you interested in building your network, enhancing your professional development and working alongside others to advocate for change? The Equity Network is advancing the conversation and leading the charge to achieve equity for all. Connect with individuals who share your commitment to inclusion on our campuses, in our workplaces and in our communities — and who want to do something about it.
Being part of the Equity Network community provides access to:
Equity Express newsletter
Priority registration for AAUW events
Learning sessions on topics such as: Advocating for Policy Change, Work Smart Salary Negotiation Skills, Diversity and Inclusion, and Empower: A Path to Leadership
Leadership forums about issues including: Intentional Networking, Having Difficult Workplace Conversations, Refining Your Personal Brand, Allyship for All Genders, and Embracing Intersectionality
Higher Education & Other Career Pathways
Education Doesn't Open Every Door
Education has long been viewed as the pathway to economic success. But while women have made great strides in advancing their educations in recent decades, they have not been as quick to reap the economic benefits of their college, graduate and professional degrees.
Today, women receive:
61% of associate degrees
57% of bachelor’s degrees
59% of master’s degrees
48% of both medical and law degrees
Yet despite this, women still do not have access to all of the same opportunities and experiences as men on campuses. Research finds women are still largely “tracked” to lower-paying fields or areas of study. A 2017 study found that men dominate 9 of the 10 college majors that lead to the highest-paying jobs, all ten of which are in STEM fields. Women, by contrast, dominate 6 of the 10 lowest-paying majors, and are at or near parity with men in two others.