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

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

Archive: Gender Wage Gap By State and Congressional District, 2013-2014

Statistics show that the persistent gender wage gap is a nationwide problem. In no state do women’s median earnings equal men’s median earnings, and most districts in the 112th Congress show a pay gap as well – with some showing gaps that far exceed national and state statistics. Read more »

Resource   |   September 14, 2006