Branch Meeting
Saturday. September 16 from 11am-1pm
Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville

“The Debt Gap: Why College is More Expensive for Women.” Speaker Catherine Hill

Women take longer to pay off their education loans, which imposes a heavier burden on their finances years after they graduate. Black and Hispanic women in particular earn much less than other groups over time, and they end up struggling the most to get rid of the debt that financed their college educations.

In the past two decades, young women have vaulted past men in American higher education, by some metrics. They have become more likely to enroll in college than men, earned higher grades, and finished school more frequently than male peers. Still, highly educated women continue to earn less over time, and that stubborn pay gap becomes an even heavier burden for people who leave school without completing a degree.

This presentation will provide the latest data on the pay gap among women and men one year after college graduation and the gap in student loan debt. The presentation will include an analysis by field of study and conclude with recommendations for students and parents.

Catherine Hill, Ph.D. is the former Vice President of AAUW and an author of many AAUW reports, including Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership; Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing; Graduating to a Pay Gap; and Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Catherine is currently working with clients, including the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and Montgomery College, as well as teaching at George Washington University. And Catherine is a member of our own AAUW branch.


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