Important Legislative Issue – Action Needed
Take Action for Equal Pay!
Big news! The Louisiana House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee is expected to hold a hearing on equal pay bill SB 254 this Thursday, May 19. Thanks to your advocacy, the bill has already passed the Senate — but we need to make sure our Representatives vote in support and move us closer to the finish line.
In 2014, women in Louisiana working full time, year-round were paid just 65 percent of Louisiana men’s median earnings, placing us dead last among all states in Gender Earning Ratio rankings.
Passing SB 254 would help to close the gender pay gap by expanding the protections of equal pay laws to cover ALL Louisiana workers, not just public employees. SB 254 provides that the Louisiana Equal Pay Act be applicable to men and private employers, and requires government contractors to verify equal pay practices.
American Association of University Women (AAUW), founded in 1881, is the nation’s leading organization that promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. It has nearly 100,000 members, 1,300 branches and 500 college and university institutional partners. People of every race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and level of physical ability are invited to join.
AAUW Louisiana has 200 members in 5 branches, plus 170 National members.
AAUW Louisiana actively supports efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Louisiana, and serves to support our Louisiana members and AAUW activities at Louisiana colleges and universities.
AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Founded in 1881 by seventeen alumnae of eight colleges, AAUW is the largest, oldest national organization dedicated to the advancement of women and education.
For more than 128 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
The Value of Belonging to AAUW
As an AAUW member, you’ll be proud to belong to this nationwide group of people who value education and equal rights, who are contributing to a more promising future for all women and girls, and who together provide a powerful voice for women and girls. This is a voice that cannot and will not be ignored.
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.