This panel discussion marking Women's Equality Day 2009 took place at 6:30 pm August 26, 2009 in the Anna E. Many Lounge of Newcomb College Center for Research on Women at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Moderator: New Orleans City Councilwoman-at-Large Cynthia Willard Lewis
State Representative Barbara Norton (D-3 Shreveport), Author, Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act
Julie Cherry, Secretary-Treasurer, Louisiana AFL-CIO
Gwen Adams, ACORN and New Orleans Teachers Union
Brenda Robichaux, Principal Chief, United Houma Nation
Beth Willinger, Executive Director Emerita Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Tulane University
From the invitation:
Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment which granted full voting rights for women in 1920.
2009 marks another historic moment for women. Shortly after being sworn into office last January, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which extends the statute of limitations to file for wage discrimination. Our administration formally recognized that women continue to face gender discrimination in the workplace—nationally; women earn about 77 cents to every dollar that their male counterparts earn.
In Louisiana the earnings ratio is much worse: women earn about 65 cents to every dollar that men earn. Despite this inequity, the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act failed in the last legislative session.
Pay discrimination is just one of many issues women experience in Louisiana today. Gender discrimination, access to services and opportunities, healthcare and workforce issues continue to affect women locally and nationally.
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