WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.


Low Literacy Means Lower Earnings, Especially for Women

Prepared by the Institute for for Women's Policy Research
by Jennifer Herard, Kevin Miller, Ph.D., Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D., Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (February 2012)

Appropriate literacy levels are crucial for both men and women seeking education and employment opportunities, but low literacy skills disproportionally hurt women’s chances of earning a sustaining wage.  Download Full Report

Gender Equity Begins with Literacy

This blog article, preparped by WE LEARN member Dominique Chlup, was published as a Ms. Magazine blog article in September 2010.

By the time Donna reached junior high, she knew the secret to getting a C—be quiet, sit in the back, don’t make a stink, and show up. For over forty years, Donna kept hidden the fact that she could not read and write well. No one at the law firm where she worked as a bookkeeper knew. Her closest friends and family didn’t know. After all, she was a high school graduate from a predominantly middle-class community. She even had a business college certificate, so who would have ever guessed that Donna was reading at below a fourth grade level? Read More

Creating a Community of Women Educated in Literacy

by Mev Miller, Fall 2013
This chapter explores the creative ways in which WE LEARN empowers women's full participation in community across all literacy levels. It is included in the volume Decenturing the Ivory Tower if Academia, edited by WE LEARN member, Dianne Ramdeholl.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, no. 139, Fall 2013 Wiley Periodicals.