WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY FORUM

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The public is invited to participate in a

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY FORUM

6:30 pm, Wednesday 26 August 2009
Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Caroline Richardson Hall
62 Newcomb Place, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

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. Please join us on August
26th at 6:30 for a panel discussion moderated by Councilwoman Cynthia
Willard Lewis.

Panelists:

Representative Barbara Norton, Author Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act

Gwen Adams, ACORN

Brenda Robichaux, Principal Chief, United Houma Nation

Beth Willinger, Executive Director Emeritus Newcomb College at Tulane

Julie Cherry, Secretary Treasurer, Louisiana AFL-CIO

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