Today is Equal Pay Day
Today is Equal Pay Day -- the day when women’s average earnings finally catch up with men’s average earnings from the previous year. In Louisiana, women won't catch up until April 20th! Women in Louisiana earn only 68 cents to every dollar a man makes. This is even worse for black women, who earn only 47.8 cents and Latino women, who earn only 50.9 cents. This is unacceptable, and that’s why today, we are joining advocates nationwide in demanding equal pay.
Take to your social media accounts today to let your friends and colleagues know that Louisiana women need equal pay now. Use #EqualPayDay in all your posts.
Louisiana has some equal pay protections, but they only cover public employees — just 17% of the population. Women deserve robust protections guaranteeing equal pay.
Additionally, women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers — and full time, year round work at Louisiana's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour leaves a woman with two children thousands of dollars below the poverty line.
Our state lawmakers can enact legislation this year to help women and families.
HB 112 by Rep. Joe Bouie Requires state contractors to comply with the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act
HB 222 by Rep. Helena Moreno Prohibits employer retaliation against an employee who discusses wage information
SB 153 Sen. Troy Carter Provides for an increase in the state minimum wage.
For more information on Equal Pay in Louisiana, please see AAUW's Fact Sheet
SAVE THE DATE - Join us in Baton Rouge on April 20th for Louisiana's Equal Pay Day. More info to come...