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, simons@legis.la.gov
(985) 893-6246

Frank A. Hoffmann, hoffmanf@legis.la.gov
(318) 362-4130

John F. "Andy" Anders, larep021@legis.la.gov
(318) 336-5865

Regina Barrow, larep029@legis.la.gov
(225) 359-9400

Richard T. Burford, burfordr@legis.la.gov
(318) 925-9588

Kenny R. Cox, coxk@legis.la.gov
(855) 844-8583

A B Franklin, franklina@legis.la.gov
(337) 491-2320

Lance Harris, harrisl@legis.la.gov
(318) 767-6095

Kenneth E. Havard, havardk@legis.la.gov
(225) 634-7470

Bob Hensgens, hensgensb@legis.la.gov
(337) 893-5035

Dorothy Sue Hill, hilld@legis.la.gov
(800) 259-2118

Katrina R. Jackson, jacksonk@legis.la.gov
(318) 362-5123

H. Bernard LeBas, lebasb@legis.la.gov
(337) 363-0152

John C. "Jay" Morris, morrisjc@legis.la.gov
(318) 362-4270

J. Rogers Pope, poper@legis.la.gov
(225) 667-3588

Julie Stokes, stokesj@legis.la.gov
(504) 468-8603

Lenar L. Whitney, whitneyl@legis.la.gov
(985) 858-2970

Patrick Williams, larep004@legis.la.gov
(318) 676-5990

Thomas P. Willmott, willmott@legis.la.gov
(504) 465-3479

Chuck Kleckley, larep036@legis.la.gov
(337) 475-3016

Walt Leger, III, legerw@legis.la.gov
(504) 556-9970

Monday, September 29, 2014

NOW Leaders React to Rape Victims Being Charged for Medical Examinations


Shocked and outraged was the reaction of Charlotte Klasson, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), when she learned that victims of rape were being charged exorbitant bills for forensic medical examinations.

 "This is a sort of political extortion to discourage the pursuit of prosecution of crimes of sexual assault," said Klasson.

 The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) reported on Sunday, September 28, that hospitals are now billing rape victims who undergo forensic examinations, sometimes in excess of $2,000, for the exams and related treatment. It was explained that at Interim LSU, the costs of these exams had historically been absorbed by the hospital, but it began billing the victims after the state turned control of the hospital over to a private entity, Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, last year. And, while victims may apply for some reimbursement from the Crime Victims’ Reparations Fund, they are required to report the attack to law enforcement. Because of the nature of a sexual assault, many victims are hesitant to initiate involvement in the criminal justice system where many aspects of the prosecution become public record.

According to Klasson, the Department of Health and Hospital failed to respond proactively by addressing this issue when it initially became a problem last year before the 2014 Legislative Session, but allegedly promised to work on legislative solutions in the future. However, the State Legislature won’t convene again until April, 2015. In the meantime, unless DHH takes some administrative action, this problem for rape victims will persist.

"The State knew or should have known that this was a major policy change when it was adopted over a year ago, and took no action to address the interests of rape victims, most of whom are women. If DHH had wanted to deliberately develop a system to punish women crime victims, they couldn't have thought of a more effective way. This is yet another assault on women’s access to health services, typical of this Administration, in the war on women," Klasson said.

"And shame on NOPD and the District Attorney’s Office, those public offices with primary responsibility for the prosecution of crimes, for not taking action to correct this abusive treatment of crime victims," Klasson added.

Fortunately, Klasson noted, we have two elected officials who are sensitive to and supportive of the safety and health needs of women. Sen. J.P. Morrell and Rep. Helena Moreno have committed to seek legislative solutions.