Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus
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Women Legislators Launch Three New
Public Service Announcements
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Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus

Launches Three New Public Service Announcements



Baton Rouge, Louisiana - The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus (LLWC) has launched three new public service announcements through a partnership  between the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation and Cox Louisiana.  This round of PSAs encourages women to run for public office in Louisiana, extends gratitude to Louisiana women veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces and encourages young women in Louisiana to pursue higher education degrees in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 


The LLWC created the PSAs to respond to its findings relative to degrees earned in Louisiana and the number of women serving in elected public offices prior to the Fall 2012 elections.


The women legislators found women in Louisiana earned over 18,600 degrees compared to a little over 12,600 degrees earned by men. 

Degrees Earned by Gender

Although women earned more degrees, the Women's Caucus found men earned more degrees in the STEM fields. 


STEM degrees earned by gender


Even though Louisiana women comprise 51% of Louisiana's population, the women legislators found only 25% of elected public service positions in Louisiana were held by women during a snapshot review of elected offices prior to the Fall 2012 elections. These numbers were even worse in the Louisiana Legislature with women holding a little more than 11% of the legislative seats.  As it relates to Louisiana public boards and commissions, women held 27% of seats compared to 73% held by men.

  Public Officials -- Graphic 1

     Public Officials -- Graphic 2


Louisiana Public Boards and Commissions


The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus wants to (1) see Louisiana improve in the areas of STEM degrees earned by women, (2)  increase the number of women serving in public offices and on Louisiana boards and commissions and (3) thank the women of Louisiana who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces.  The following three PSAs will start airing on Cox Channels this month: 


  1. Run Woman Run for Public Office -- Please click the below image to view the PSA:
    Run Woman Run 
  2. Gratitude to Women in the Military -- Please click the below image to view the PSA:
    LLWC ThankYouMil Rev
  3. Pursue STEM Degrees -- Please click the below image to view the PSA:    

Pursue STEM Degrees    

We welcome your suggestions on issues you would like to see the women legislators address through public service announcements.  Please feel free to email your suggestions to us at llwc@legis.la.gov.





About Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus

The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus is comprised of the women in the Louisiana Legislature, whose collective  mission is to: (1) prepare the next generation of women leaders and (2) serve as the premiere voice and leading monitor of issues, legislation and policies, which impact women.  There are presently 16 women who serve in both the Louisiana Senate and the Louisiana House of Representatives combined.


About the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation

The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation is a non-profit corporation with an IRS designation of 501(c)(3). It is administered by the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus, which is comprised of women legislators currently serving in the Louisiana Legislature.   The Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation's mission is to prepare and develop women leaders in Louisiana to be significant contributors and achievers in society.


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Rep. Karen Gaudet St. Germain

Pierre Part, District 60



Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb

Baton Rouge, District 14



Rep. Regina Ashford Barrow

Baton Rouge, District 29



Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

New Orleans, District 5



Rep. Katrina Jackson             

Monroe, District 16



Rep. Ledricka Johnson Thierry

Opelousas, District 40



Rep. Nancy Landry

Lafayette, District 31



Rep. Barbara Norton

Shreveport, District 3






Sharon Weston Broome

President Pro Tempore

Baton Rouge, District 15


Sherri Smith Buffington

Keithville, District 38



Simone Champagne

Jeanerette, District 49


Dorothy Sue Hill

Dry Creek, District 32


Valarie Hodges

Denham Springs, District 64


Helena Moreno

New Orleans, District 93


Patricia Haynes Smith

Baton Rouge, District 67


Lenar Whitney        

Houma, District 53



Trin Antoine Johnson

Executive Director


Jasmine Martin

Caucus Assistant

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