Gov. John Bel Edwards, First Lady Donna Edwards and the Governor’s Office on Women’s Policy will host the Louisiana Equal Pay Summit on Friday in Baton Rouge.
Friday’s summit is an expression of Gov. Edwards’ commitment to advancing equal pay for women and families throughout Louisiana.
“Not only is equal pay for equal work the right thing to do for Louisiana women and the families they work to support across the state, but it is simply good for our businesses and economies both locally and statewide,” said Gov. Edwards who will be delivering opening remarks. “With our state ranking the worst in the nation when it comes to pay disparity between male and female workers at 66 cents on the dollar, we know that closing this gap will bring increased economic prosperity to families, businesses and the state.”
More than 350 participants are expected to attend Friday’s summit. Those in attendance will hear from speakers on an array of topics related to pay equity. Additionally, there will be three panel discussions focused on the wage gap in Louisiana, the business and economic development case for passing equal pay legislation and a call to action for Louisianans who want to help voice their support for equal pay for equal work.
“When women bring home a paycheck that is only 66 percent of what their male counterparts earn, the entire family suffers,” said First Lady Donna Edwards, who will be delivering closing remarks at Friday’s summit. “A gallon of milk doesn’t cost 34 cents less because a woman is buying it. The bills still have to get paid no matter who’s writing the check.”
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge
Gov. Edwards’ Remarks: 8:45 a.m.
First Lady Edwards’ Remarks: 11:45 a.m.