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Linda Hallman
Linda D. Hallman, CAE, is executive director of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Since 1881, AAUW has empowered women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW’s nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Since its founding, AAUW’s members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Entries by Linda Hallman

Don't Pay Me Less Just Because I'm a Mom

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:17 PM

#MomsEqualPay Day is this week: The day that marks how far into 2014 moms have to work to earn what dads earned in 2013. And, in a twisted coincidence, #MomsEqualPay Day falls just a few days before Father's Day.

Here's a showstopper: Working mothers typically are paid just...

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7 Things to Know This Equal Pay Day

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 12:17 PM

April 8 is Equal Pay Day 2014, the symbolic day when women's earnings finally catch up to men's earnings from the previous year. It takes a few extra months because of the 23 percent gender wage gap that women typically face. To mark the occasion, the American Association of University...

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We Need More Katie Mulichs

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:21 AM

I have a 13-month-old standard poodle named Sebby. That's short for Sebastian, as in Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach is my husband's favorite composer and, because we are musicians, the name seemed most appropriate.

Sebby goes to the dog park almost every day (with my schedule, usually with my husband). As...

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For Mother's Day, Support Moms at Community College

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:44 PM

This month many moms around the country are celebrating not only Mother's Day, but also their college graduation. As in other sectors of higher education, women make up the majority of students at community college -- accounting for 57 percent of the 7.3 million students enrolled in these...

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Don't Just Get Mad About the Gender Pay Gap, Do Something on Equal Pay Day!

(13) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Another year has passed, and yet the pay gap remains stubbornly in place. Today, it stands at 23 cents, meaning that women, on average, are paid 77 percent of what men are paid -- an average that's even lower for black and Hispanic/Latina women. Compared with the salaries...

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Tackling the Role That Bullying and Harassment Play in School Violence

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 11:53 AM

As our nation's leaders struggle to implement gun-violence prevention laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, we must not squander the opportunity to address the root causes of gun violence in our schools. Although most of the headlines have focused on banning certain types of gun equipment, the...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly for Women in 2012

(40) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 11:24 AM

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been empowering women since 1881, when higher education was considered a male pursuit. More than 130 years later, education is open to most (if they can afford it), yet barriers and significant hurdles remain. Here's our rundown of the good,...

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Women, Take This Momentum to the Polls

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:04 PM

According to the New York Times, the gender gap among voters is nearing historic highs. With a reported 18-point gap between male and female voters, it's possible that women will have the deciding voice on the nation's next president. The gap is just the latest development that has...

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Women Voters Want to Know Candidates' Records, Not Slogans

(9) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 7:09 PM

The news media is proclaiming the story: Women will decide the 2012 election. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is OK with that. In fact, we feel great about it. This election is packed with issues that have a huge impact on women, and AAUW has the tools to...

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The Year in Review

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 3:12 PM

As 2011 comes to a close, it seems almost nonsensical to have to mention, let alone devote an article to, gender barriers. While women have made great strides, we still have a long way to go. Given the struggle to maintain our place as a leader in the global economy,...

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Dancing to Equal Pay

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Sometimes, all you can do is throw up your hands and dance. So that's just what the American Association of University Women (AAUW) did. We brought a crew of members and supporters, some music and choreography -- and even a bit of attitude -- to the National Mall...

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Want to Pay Tribute? Then Pay Equally

(184) Comments | Posted September 5, 2010 | 4:38 PM

For the 128th time in our nation's history, we celebrate Labor Day -- with last visits to the neighborhood pool, picnics, and barbecues that signal the end of summer. Yet for women and their families, recognition of the American worker rings rather hollow in the face of pay inequity.


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Happy (Un)equal Pay Day

(11) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 6:12 PM

It's Equal Pay Day again. On April 20, women's earnings finally catch up to men's earnings from the previous calendar year. Unfortunately, we have to work four extra months to get there.

A woman still earns, on average, just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. But pay...

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For Women, What a Difference a Year Almost Made

(124) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 12:08 PM

by Lilly Ledbetter and Linda Hallman, CAE

A year ago today, on January 29, 2009, a new president signed his first piece of legislation into law. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act restored workers' rights to challenge illegal wage discrimination in the federal courts.

It was a proud moment,...

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