Friday, February 24, 2017

Louisiana NOW chapters coming to a city near you!

We are excited to report that Louisiana is seeing growth in our chapter numbers. We have two entirely new chapters coming online already in 2017 in Monroe and Ruston-Grambling!

Our goal this year is to make sure that all of our members who live in and close to these represented cities will be affiliated with the chapter nearest them so they easily collaborate locally.

Take a look at the list to find which chapter will serve you best: (emails for the newer chapters will be added soon!)

Baton Rouge:  LA0116  (

Monroe: LA0200

New Orleans:  LA0300  (

Ruston-Grambling: LA0280

Shreveport-Bossier: LA0260 (

If you would like to start a chapter in your area, you will find a link to the interest form here.

To become a new member of NOW, use this link.

If you need to renew your membership, go here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Background on Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day, commemorated on April 12th this year, represents the approximate day that women must work to in the current year to make the same amount of money men did in the previous year. In other words, the equal pay calculation means that a woman must have worked all of one year and well into the next year to be paid what men were paid in one year alone. The gender-based wage gap represents a pattern that has existed over many years and reflects multiple barriers to equal pay, including gender- and race-based pay discrimination, segregation of women into lower paying jobs and exclusion from higher-paying nontraditional jobs as well as lack of workplace policies that make it difficult for women to care for families without suffering an economic penalty.

$10,800 Less Income  - The wage gap of 79 cents (rounded up from 78.6 percent) is the median earnings in 2014 (latest data available) of women full-time, year round workers as a percentage of the median earnings of men full-time, year round workers, according to the Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Bureau. The 21.4 percent gap represents nearly $10,800 in lower annual earnings for all women at the median – which accumulated over a 40 year working career is a huge loss in income.

NOW was the first women’s organization to publicize not only the traditional, all women’s Equal Pay Day, but also the dates that symbolize how much harder women of color must work to make the same as their male counterparts from the previous year. So to continue that conversation about the pay gap to include the income inequalities which exist along racial as well as gender lines, the NOW again recognizes multiple Equal Pay Days.

2016 Equal Pay Day Dates
The wage disparity in the U.S. persists not only between men and women but also varies considerably by race and this pattern has persisted over many decades. Although women (of all races) are paid $.79 for every dollar men (all races, across all occupations) are paid, the wage gaps for nearly all other major racial groups are dramatically wider. Only the Asian American women’s wage gap is smaller – but many smaller sub-groups of Asian-American women have a much larger wage gap. The wage gaps and Equal Pay Days noted below are based on calculations using 2014 median year round, full time earnings.

March 15 – Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay Day (88%)
April 12 – Traditional Equal Pay Day (79%)
August 23 – African American Women’s Equal Pay Day (63%)
September 14 – Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day (59%)
November 1 – Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day (54%)

For More Information
For more information about Equal Pay Days, example Tweets for other 2016 Equal Pay dates, some graphics to post, and more resources, see NOW’s Equal Pay Social Media Kit

Thursday, June 18, 2015

2015 National NOW Conference

The 2015 National NOW Conference will be held from June 19-21 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency. This is an opportunity to gather and tackle the critical issues on NOW’s agenda and shape the future of women’s rights. Additionally, this year’s conference will give NOW activists the opportunity to address our bylaws and organizational structure.

Check out the conference agenda HERE!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Support Medicaid Expansion -- Make Your Voice Heard!

Support ‪#‎MedicaidExpansion!

Wednesday, April 29, the House Health and Welfare committee will hear three instruments on Medicaid Expansion. Support them all!
‪#‎HCR3‪#‎HB517 (Constitutional Amendment) EDWARDS

Email and call this committee:
say you support providing healthcare for EVERYONE and this is a way to relieve the BUDGET crisis we are facing. (Use either switchboard number 225-342-6945 or the office number below)

Scott M. Simon,
(985) 893-6246

Frank A. Hoffmann,
(318) 362-4130

John F. "Andy" Anders,
(318) 336-5865

Regina Barrow,
(225) 359-9400

Richard T. Burford,
(318) 925-9588

Kenny R. Cox,
(855) 844-8583

A B Franklin,
(337) 491-2320

Lance Harris,
(318) 767-6095

Kenneth E. Havard,
(225) 634-7470

Bob Hensgens,
(337) 893-5035

Dorothy Sue Hill,
(800) 259-2118

Katrina R. Jackson,
(318) 362-5123

H. Bernard LeBas,
(337) 363-0152

John C. "Jay" Morris,
(318) 362-4270

J. Rogers Pope,
(225) 667-3588

Julie Stokes,
(504) 468-8603

Lenar L. Whitney,
(985) 858-2970

Patrick Williams,
(318) 676-5990

Thomas P. Willmott,
(504) 465-3479

Chuck Kleckley,
(337) 475-3016

Walt Leger, III,
(504) 556-9970