Women Carry Two-Thirds of Student Loan Debt. How Does the Pay Gap, Plus This Debt, Affect Women Workers?
JULIET SCHULMAN-HALL / Ms. Magazine
More than 44 million Americans hold a combined $1.7 trillion in federal student loan debt (and those numbers don’t include privatize student loans). And of that collective debt, women carry two-thirds of it. Worse, women college graduates earn 74 percent of what men graduates earn, meaning that it will take them much longer to pay off that debt.