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

Blockbuster Year for State Legislative Action on Pay Equity

  From the soccer field to the U.S. House of Representatives, 2019 brought increased focus on the gender pay gap and ways to close it. This is particularly true in […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   August 16, 2019

State and Local Salary History Bans

The practice of using salary history in the hiring process can have major repercussions in perpetuating the pay gap women face. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   July 31, 2019
Credit: Governor Phil Murphy signs into law the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act in Trenton on April 24, 2018. OIT/Governor’s Office.

State and Local Action in 2018 Shows the Path toward Pay Equity

Cities, states, and employers are increasingly realizing the value of equal pay and enacted policies in 2018, making it clear that they won’t wait any longer for change. Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   November 13, 2018

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   |   Economic Security   |   1 Comments   |   January 18, 2018

The Gender Pay Gap in Delaware

Explore the gender pay gap in Delaware with this document, which includes the state pay gap number; the congressional district wage gap numbers; rankings of the state’s congressional districts from […] Read more »

Resource   |   October 20, 2017
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. 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 »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   October 13, 2017

The Gender Pay Gap in Alaska

Explore the gender pay gap in Alaska with this document, which includes the state pay gap number; the congressional district wage gap numbers; rankings of the state’s congressional districts from […] Read more »

Resource   |   September 14, 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