Louisiana ranks worst in the country when it comes to pay disparity between women and men, according to the American Association of University Women.
On May 23, LA Rep. Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport) will spearhead an equal pay rally to bring awareness to the issue.
Currently, Louisiana women earn 69 cents for every dollar Louisiana men earn, meaning women have to work an additional three months to earn the same pay a man would earn in a single year.
“It is important for citizens to recognize and understand this issue, and to work together to bring about a much needed change,” said Rep. Norton whose most recent equal pay bill, House Bill 289, stalled in the House Labor committee by a vote of 6-9.
Although the equal pay bill has been introduced many times, it has only once made it to the full House for a vote.
“I have carried equal pay legislation for nine years, and I am determined and committed to continue to fight for the rights of women,” said Norton. “I continue to ask the question, why not, why not, why not pass this bill? To this very day, I have yet to receive an answer. If women are just as qualified and have same the credentials to do the work, then why are they not receiving the same pay? ”
Rep. Norton’s Equal Pay Rally will be held this Thursday, May 23, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, in the Governor’s Press Room on the 4th floor of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Speakers will include Louisiana Pay Equity Lobbying Director, Camille Moran, members of the Louisiana Legislature, and members of local equal pay for women groups.