Womens Economic Value

Lift Louisiana supports economic policies that will improve the financial health of women and families - including raising the minimum wage to a living wage, providing child care assistance to working families, closing the gender wage gap and providing paid family leave.

Many women are responsible for the economic well-being of their families. 

More than 278,000 family households in Louisiana state are headed by women and 104,572 family households
have incomes that fall below the poverty level.
  • 20.7% of working-age women had incomes below the poverty line in 2015.

  • 28% of Louisiana's children live in families who had incomes below the poverty line in 2015.

  • 61% of Louisiana mothers with infants are in the labor force.

  • 67% of children birth through age five have both parents, or their single parent, working outside the home. ​

The best anti-poverty program is a job that pays a living wage. But here in Louisiana, far too many workers are struggling to afford basic needs because their jobs don’t pay enough. Raising the minimum wage would boost wages for more than 1 in 10 Louisiana workers. Nearly two-thirds (65.5 percent) of the workers who would receive a wage increase are women. Fourteen percent of all female workers in the state would see their wages rise. Learn more.

We believe that young children in Louisiana should have access to high quality early care and education that ensures they are off to a smart start in life. However, a year of child care in Louisiana costs almost as much as the annual tuition for a public university. Recent changes to the eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) enable more working families in Louisiana to access child care assistance. Despite the overwhelming need, child care for working families remains a small priority in our state budget. Federal funding for the program has reduced the waiting list, but nearly 1,000 children are still waiting for assistance. 

Only 15 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers, and fewer than 40 percent have access to personal medical leave through employer-provided short-term disability insurance. FMLA leave and leave under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law is unpaid. Racial disparities in access to wealth and wealth building are compounded by a lack of access to paid family and medical leave. Learn more in this issue brief, Paid Family and Medical Leave: A Racial Justice Issue - and Opportunity, by the National Partnership for Women & Families.