Our state continues to have the highest gender wage gap in the nation. According to the Institute for Women's Policy, Louisiana's working women will not reach equal pay until the year 2115. Women in Louisiana earn an average of 69 cents for every dollar a man makes. That discrepancy worsens for Black and Latina women who make only 48 and 52 cents on the dollar compared to White men.
Since his time as a legislator, Gov. Edwards has supported legislation that promotes pay transparency by prohibiting employers from taking actions against employees for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their wages or those of other employees. In his second term, Gov. Edwards will continue the fight to establish pay parity in Louisiana.