By Blake Ellis, CNNMoney
New York (CNNMoney) - A year after graduating from college, women are earning thousands of dollars less per year than their male peers.
Women who worked full-time jobs one year after receiving their diplomas earned 82 cents for every dollar men earned. That's according to a report from the American Association of University Women, which analyzed data from a Department of Education survey of 15,000 graduates conducted in 2009, the most recent data available.
While men earned average salaries of $42,918, women earned $35,296 - a nearly $8,000 difference, the report found.
"You hear in the news that [millennial] women are now out-earning their male peers, but what we found in looking at those emerging from college is that there is still a gender pay gap," said Catherine Hill, director of research at AAUW.
By Moni Basu, CNN
(CNN) - On a September day this year, Courtney Pearson stood anxiously on the steps of the Lyceum, the famed old Greek Revival building on the University of Mississippi campus.
There, she learned she was elected homecoming queen. There, she stood as the first black woman to hold that title at Ole Miss.
Five decades before, James Meredith had entered the Lyceum as the university's first black student. He risked his life as he walked inside, his admission a milestone in the struggle for integration that sparked deadly riots on campus.
As anniversary observances of that pivotal day came to a close on the Oxford campus, Pearson, 21, took her place as queen. She had met Meredith just a few days before. He told her he was proud.
If it weren't for him, she would not even be a student at Ole Miss, Pearson thought.
If she did not accomplish anything else in life, she would be satisfied: She had made a civil rights icon proud.
"We unfortunately cannot change a dark and difficult past," she said. "But we can absolutely change the future."