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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »