Women’s Rights

Pink tax bill passes Louisiana Legislature

‘Pink tax’ exemption on tampons and diapers passes House

BY: - May 26, 2021

The so-called “pink tax” exemption bill, which would establish a state sales tax exemption on feminine hygiene products and diapers, passed the Louisiana House on Tuesday and was ordered to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 7, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans), passed in a 62-32 vote with no debate on the House […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Senate committee supports expanded definition of domestic abuse

BY: - May 25, 2021

A bill that explicitly states Louisiana’s definition of domestic abuse includes coercion and other forms of control advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee without objection Tuesday after the bill’s sponsor satisfied concerns expressed by the NRA. Rep. Malinda White (D-Bogalusa), an outspoken survivor of domestic abuse, is the sponsor of HB 159, which if […]

Black lawmaker wearing her hair natural fights for right of all Black women to do the same

BY: - May 17, 2021

A bill that would prohibit race-based discrimination of natural hairstyles narrowly advanced through Civil Law and Procedure by a 8-7 vote, with Chairman Gregory Miller (R-Norco) casting the tiebreaking vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Candance Newell (D-New Orleans), would protect people from discrimination in any form because of “natural hairstyles and protective hairstyles,” including […]

House Education passes bill that would bar transgender women from competing on women sports teams

BY: - May 12, 2021

The Louisiana House Education Committee approved a bill to ban transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports after disapproving of a near-identical bill last week. Two Republican members of the committee — Rep. Stephanie Hilferty of Metairie and Rep. Barbara Freiberg of Baton Rouge — voted in favor of SB 156 by […]

Bill protecting Black hairstyles continues through legislature

Bill protecting Black women’s natural hairstyles continues through legislature

BY: - May 7, 2021

A bill that would prohibit race-based discrimination of natural hairstyles inched a step closer to full legislative approval Thursday after clearing the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. It next heads to the House floor for consideration. Senate Bill 61 would make it unlawful for employers to deny employment or make restrictions based on […]

Heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism related at hearing

BY: and - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]

Bill that would bar transgender women from competing on women sports teams dies in committee

BY: - May 4, 2021

The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” anti-transgender legislation introduced by Rep. Beryl Amedee (R-Houma), was killed in the Louisiana House Education Committee Tuesday when six committee members opposed it and only five supported it. An audience made up mostly of opponents of Amedee’s bill cheered and applauded the defeat of the bill which sought to […]

LSU

In response to LSU scandal, La. House passes bill that would fire those who ignore assault

BY: - April 28, 2021

A bill by Rep. Aimee Freeman (D-New Orleans) that would mandate the termination of higher education employees who don’t report known Title IX violations and clarifies where higher education employees should report those violations passed unanimously in the Louisiana House of Representatives. When she introduced the bill to Freeman said that HB 409 is a […]

University of New Orleans

University of Louisiana system looking at gaps in faculty and staff background checks

BY: - April 28, 2021

The University of Louisiana system — which oversees nine universities across the state — is reviewing the way its schools screen job applicants following concerns over the University of New Orleans background check process came to light. “Our provost will work with all nine of our universities to assess their pre-employment practices, identify gaps, and […]

University of New Orleans

UNO hired a professor who had been arrested for a sex crime. Then, he ended up harassing a student.

BY: - April 27, 2021

In the spring of 2018, a student at the University of New Orleans told administrators biology professor Shawn Vincent asked her for sex in exchange for an A in his class.  UNO administrators suspended Vincent immediately, and days later, when the student turned over to university officials text messages and an audio recording of Vincent, […]

Bills addressing LSU sexual misconduct scandals move forward

BY: - April 21, 2021

A pair of bills that increase transparency, clarify sexual assault reporting mandates in Louisiana colleges and universities and establish an anti-sexual assault “Louisiana Power-Based Violence Review Panel” for campuses were advanced without objection by the Louisiana Senate Education Committee Wednesday. Sen. Beth Mizell (R-Franklinton), author of SB 230, told the committee that her bill, which […]

8 unusual things about the sexual misconduct scandal in the Louisiana AG’s Office

BY: - April 21, 2021

The controversy surrounding Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office got a new set of legs this week thanks to a press conference Landry held Tuesday that was largely aimed at criticizing media organizations and a whistleblower who complained that Landry’s former criminal director Pat Magee was sexually harassing women. After the press conference, the whistleblower […]