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LSUA holds equal pay forum

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- LSUA held a forum today aimed at pushing for equal pay for women nationwide.

The forum was sponsored by the American Association of University Women of Louisiana.

The group says, on average, white women are paid 67 cents for every dollar a white man is paid. They say black and Latina women are paid even less.

The group wants to bring awareness to the issue in hopes they can change it.

"We made some progress because President Barack Obama did sign a Paycheck Fairness Act for federal contract workers," said Melodia Gutierrez, the AAUW Louisiana state organizer. "However, today the senate voted on paycheck fairness and congress voted it down. This would have covered all women workers."

The group says it has been fighting for equal pay since 1913 and plans to continue until they get the job done.

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