Kate Nielson

Kate Nielson

State Policy Manager

Kate manages AAUW’s work on state and local policy. She analyzes legislation, tracks developments and trends in state policy, prepares testimony, and drafts model legislative language. As a part of her advocacy work, she establishes relationships with key state policy makers and coalition partners and develops strategies to advance AAUW’s legislative priorities.

Kate works on a wide variety of policy issues to support AAUW’s members but specializes in equal pay. Before joining AAUW, she worked on education policy with the National Governors Association, as a legal fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, and as an organizer at the Feminist Majority Foundation. Kate holds a law degree and a master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

 

Work by Kate Nielson

Bill sponsor and AAUW member Sen. Susan Lee joined AAUW of Maryland member Anita Rosen and AAUW State Policy Analyst Kate Nielson as Gov. Hogan signed an equal pay bill into law on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Where Equal Pay Flourished (and Failed) in 2016

This year we saw lots of progress in statehouses across the country when it came to advancing AAUW’s public policy priorities. In particular, we helped get exciting new equal pay legislation off the ground and focused attention on the issue. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 27, 2016
Maryland Equal Pay Day Rally

Want to See Action on Women’s Issues? Check Out Your Statehouse!

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. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 19, 2016

AAUW in the Statehouse E-bulletin

AAUW in the Statehouse provides updates on state policy from across the country, tips and resources for more effective advocacy, and insider information from the AAUW Public Policy and Government Relations Department about good and bad bills in the states.

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Resource   |   June 08, 2016

Do My State Officials Care about My Equal Pay?

Every year governors across the country offer up their assessments of the state of their respective states. While each one undoubtedly claims, “The state of our state is strong,” it is unfortunately less common for governors to examine the issues that AAUW members prioritize. Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   April 08, 2016
Check out Colorado’s network of laws to address the gender wage gap.

AAUW Policy Guide to Equal Pay in the States

Passing a federal law, like the Paycheck Fairness Act or the Fair Pay Act, would help protect everyone in all states. But until that happens, each state will continue operating under antiquated regulations and piecemeal state and local laws to combat unequal pay. Read more »

Resource   |   February 08, 2016
President Jimmy Carter signs a document in the White House with more than a dozen women and men standing behind him.

Let’s Ratify the ERA: A Look at Where We Are Now

The ERA would guarantee constitutional equality between men and women — a concept the majority of Americans agree is necessary. In fact, most people believe the ERA has already been ratified. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   November 05, 2015
A group of young people stand outside with signs advocating for voter registration.

States Innovate to Help Voters Register

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re highlighting some states that are passing laws to make it easier for their citizens vote. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   September 22, 2015

2015 State Equal Pay Legislation by the Numbers

With equal pay wins, bills pending, and some legislation waiting in the wings, here’s what’s happening with equal pay across the country. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   3 Comments   |   August 20, 2015
Three young women stand with a sign that says "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Legislative Tactic Could Revoke Paid Sick Days, Minimum Wage, and Other Laws Helping Women

Many states are passing “preemption bills” that threaten existing legislation upholding AAUW policy issues like equal pay provisions, minimum wage increases, paid sick days, and LGBT safeguards. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   2 Comments   |   June 25, 2015