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New AAUW Rankings Released, Louisiana Is Dead Last for Pay Equity

BATON ROUGE — Today the American Association of University Women (AAUW) released their latest state rankings for the gender pay gap, and Louisiana is now ranked dead last for pay equity, with Louisiana women earning 66 cents for every dollar Louisiana men make.

“Louisiana no longer has the privilege of ranking higher than Wyoming — we are now the worst state in the nation for equal pay,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “Senator Mary Landrieu has been a champion on this issue, but Republicans like David Vitter and Bill Cassidy keep voting against equal pay legislation. When Louisiana women earn less, that translates into less money for feeding their families, paying off student loans and saving for retirement. Lawmakers like Cassidy and Vitter are denying economic security for Louisiana families.”

Just last week, Sen. David Vitter joined with 24 of his Senate Republican colleagues in voting to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In 2009, Congressman Bill Cassidy also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The latest AAUW gender pay gap rankings by state and congressional district are available here: