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Majority of Louisiana Residents Want to End Gender Discrimination & the Wage Gap, Study Says

Following the nationwide efforts of Equal Pay Day earlier this week, results from the 2017 Louisiana Survey were released Thursday (4.6) to reveal that the majority of the state's residents favor the close of the gender wage gap. 


The study, released by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, illustrates that most adult Louisiana residents find gender equality to be a continuing problem in not just the state — but across society as a whole.


71 percent of surveyed residents (a representative sample of 1,012 people) think that the country needs to make more aggressive changes to establish workplace equality for men and women, with 58 percent of responders believing that there are still significant obstacles in society that prevent female advancement. 


Statistically, there is very little opposition to the close of the wage gap across the state. Approximately nine in ten (91 percent) of Louisiana residents support a state requirement that mandates a complete closure of the gender wage gap. This finding is notable in light of recent projections that the pay gap will exist into the 22nd century in Louisiana, and points to the potential for change on a grassroots level to affect the government. 


The researchers stated that the support for the end of the gap transcends demographic and political differences, with majorities of both Republicans and Democrats supporting equal pay. The study also noted that there is "no significant difference" between men and women believing in the right for equal salary. 


The largest point of difference in the survey came when the group were polled on their views of discrimination. Approximately one-third of residents believe that there is "a lot" of discrimination against women in society. 24 percent of those polled say that women experience only "a little" discrimination, while 11 percent of responders believe that no discrimination exists at all.


Within the state's political spheres, the results were even more fractured. The majority of Rupublican men and women (at 63 percent and 54 percent, respectively) think that the obstacles preventing women from getting ahead in life are by and large gone. On the other end of the surveyed spectrum, Democratic men (70 percent) and women (80 percent) believe that significant obstacles still lay ahead for women in Louisiana. 



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