Local organizers react to Mayor-President Equal Pay Commission announcement

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has just announced Baton Rouge first establishment of the Equal Pay Commission at the Step Up Louisiana city hall meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Step Up Louisiana is multiracial and multigenerational membership that engages in campaigns which directly affect the lives of community members. Leaders of the organization shared their thoughts on the equal pay city hall meeting below;

“It is absolutely unbelievable that in 2021 we are still having this discussion and debate about equal pay for equal work for women,” said Step Up Louisiana Member Gisele Haralson.

“Women are the backbone of our communities. Now is the time to finally recognize the contributions and value of half of our society,” said Step Up Louisiana Member Angelle Bradford.

“Power Coalition is thrilled to work with Mayor Broome on her newly established Equal Pay Commission! This is a great opportunity to create more transparency so that women can be paid more fairly and take care of their families. We appreciate Mayor Broome’s leadership on making this issue a priority. We are excited that Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broom is proactive about eliminating this disparity in Baton Rouge. We look forward to working along side the administration in 2022,” Executive Director of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Ashley Shelton.

“Women in Louisiana earn an average of 69 cents for every dollar men makes. That discrepancy worsens for Black and Latina women who make 48 and 52 cents on the dollar compared to White men,” according to Gov. John Bel Edwards office.

To learn more about the nonprofit Step Up Louisiana click here.

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