State Policy Counsel
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.
Miami Herald. 'What's Your Current Salary?' 'None of Your Business!'. Martha T. Moore. June 27, 2018.
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 »
Work by Kate Nielson
The practice of using salary history in the hiring process can have major repercussions in perpetuating the pay gap many women and people of color face in their careers. […] Read more »
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Read more »
Voters are fed up with the persistent gender pay gap, and many state legislators are listening. While not all bills passed, 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 »
AAUW and the National Council of Jewish Women outline three key state policy priorities to identify and combat sex trafficking. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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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 »