Kate Nielson

Kate Nielson

State Policy Counsel

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.

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Miami Herald. 'What's Your Current Salary?' 'None of Your Business!'. Martha T. Moore. June 27, 2018.
 

Work by Kate Nielson

Reproductive Freedom Is Tied to Women’s Economic Security

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   January 18, 2018
AAUW staff and interns rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for equal pay on Equal Pay Day (2017).

States Notch Multiple Equal Pay Victories in 2017

Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. In 2017 a whopping 42 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., offered legislative solutions to the gender pay gap. While not all of these bills passed, this growing activity shows that red, blue, and purple states realize that the pay gap is real and that something needs to be done about it. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 13, 2017

State Policy Sex Trafficking Tool Kit

AAUW and the National Council of Jewish Women outline three key state policy priorities to identify and combat sex trafficking. Read more »

Resource   |   January 04, 2017
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

The Gender Pay Gap by State: An Interactive Map

The gender pay gap exists in almost every congressional district according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. How do your state and district stack up? Read more »

Resource   |   September 14, 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
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