Earlier this year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed a bipartisan pay equity bill, which prohibits employers from requiring salary history information before receiving a formal job offer.
Other states have followed suit in diminishing this harmful practice. Governor of California, Jerry Brown (D), signed into law a bill saying that salary history can’t be the only reason to point to if a wage discrepancy exists. Legislators in Maryland, Delaware, Utah, and Nebraska also passed equal pay bills in 2016. Red, blue, and purple states are realizing that the pay gap is real and are taking steps to close it.
In 2016, AAUW members were busy at every level of government passing good laws, beating back bad ones, and laying the groundwork for more successes in 2017. Across the country, state legislatures were particularly inclined to work on economics and public finance, health, crime and law enforcement, education, and commerce. Let’s take a look back at the year in statehouses across the country and find out how AAUW public policy priorities fared.
In recognition of November as Native American Heritage Month, there will be a discussion on a series of essays written by Sarah Deer, an advocate for cultural and legal reforms. She has worked to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse and played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
When : December 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where : Online (You just need to register.)
Learn more and register: http://www.aauw.org/event/2016/12/the-beginning-and-end-of-rape-book-discussion/
Washington D.C remains a hub for cultural enrichment and many sites recognize the hardships and achievements of women throughout history. As you plan to attend the AAUW National Convention in D.C. in in June 2017, consider allotting time to visit and be inspired by the extraordinary efforts of the women immortalized in these sites.
AAUW’s fellowships and grants have provided more than $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects from 140 countries since 1888.
The AAUW Public Policy Committee (APPC), chaired this year by Karen Francis of Missouri, is accepting comments on the AAUW Public Policy Program until July 25. Your feedback as a member is critical to a successful revision of the PPP.