STUDY: Louisiana is the worst state for equal pay for women

Published: Sep. 13, 2018 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Most people would say they want women to bring home the same amount of money as the men they work with.

Some would even say they already do.

But, according to the American Association of University Women, that's not the case. In Louisiana, it says for every dollar men earn, women only make $0.69.* (


"I think it should be equal pay. If they do the same job, they should get the equal pay. There's a lot of women that do men's job and do them just as well," said one man.

There is good news for Northeast Louisiana. The group found a smaller gap in this part of the state.

Laws require equal pay, but only cover public employees.

AAUW says that's just 17% of the state's population, and there's no protection for discrimination or retaliation. Some said it's time for lawmakers to get a call.

Some who don't believe this study at all said laws had been updated to make sure there's equal pay.

*According to the AAUW, 2017 median annual earnings ratio for full-time, year-round workers, by state and gender.

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