Ways to Move Pay Equity
in Your State
State Pay Equity Workshop
@AAUWpolicy
Wage Gap by State
Equal Pay at the State Level
8 states have no specific pay equity law:
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Alabama
Iowa
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Wisconsin
Equal Pay at the State Level
17 states have “equal work” statutes:
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California
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Indiana
Kansas
Minnesota
Nebraska
Nevada
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New Hampshire
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
Virginia
Wyoming
Equal Pay at the State Level
12 states have “comparable work” statutes:
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Arkansas
Idaho
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
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North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
South Dakota
Tennessee
West Virginia
Equal Pay at the State Level
3 states require male and female work must be
the “same”:
 Arizona
 Missouri
 Montana
Equal Pay at the State Level
3 states require male and female work must be
“similar”:
 Illinois
 Michigan
 Washington
Equal Pay at the State Level
3 states classify violations as a criminal
misdemeanor:
 Michigan
 Montana
 Washington
Moving Equal Pay in Your State
24 states introduced legislation this year:
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Arkansas
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Kentucky
Louisiana
 Michigan
 Mississippi
 Missouri
 New Jersey
 New Mexico
 New York
 North
Carolina
 Ohio
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Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Virginia
Vermont
West Virginia
Moving Equal Pay in Your State
• Build relationships
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Hold candidate forums
Work with winners of those forums
Keep elected officials posted
Invite elected officials to events
• Know your options
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City council resolutions
Fair pay pledges
Executive order from governor
State legislation
• Be a resource
– Establish AAUW as the go-to
– Share AAWU research
– Use the media
Moving Equal Pay in Your State
• Connect with other states
– Learn what other states are doing
– AAUW National can help
• Research your state
– What’s been done so far
– What are the wage gap specifics
• Work in coalition
– Join with other organizations
– Think outside the box
– AAUW National can help
Moving Equal Pay in Your State
• Hold actions
– State lobby day and in-district meetings
– Rallies, tabling, and deliveries
– House meetings
– LTEs, op-eds, and blogs
– Tele-town halls and tweet chats
– Local Action Network alerts
• Be persistent
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