Current labor market data shows that 57% of women participate in the labor force. Concerning higher education, LSU awarded 3,485 female graduates with degrees for the 2015-2016 academic year (LSU Graduation Data). Women play a large and vital role for companies and organizations nationally and abroad. Women have changed the labor market by providing unique perspectives, ideas, and skills. The LSU Olinde Career Center desires to continue to support and empower women as they embark on their respective career paths.
A few challenges that women in the workplace typically face are equal pay for equal work, sexual harassment concerns or reporting, mental and emotional health, availability of contraceptives, and coordinating maternity leave. We hope you find the following resources useful:
Negotiating your salary can be intimidating, but it can provide great benefits to you when done well. The negotiation should follow a verbal or written job offer. The objective is to show and persuade your employer on how you can add more value to the company based on your skills, abilities, and research of the current market.
Schedule an appointment with the LSU Cale P. & Katherine Smith Student Financial Management Center to gain more insight and learn basic strategies on how to be successful in your negotiation and financial management.
Sexual Harassment or Discrimination
If you have the extreme misfortune of experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace, please know your options. Listed below are a few resources that you may find valuable, or request to speak with one of our trusted career center consultants:
- Employment Law
- Discrimination laws state by state
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Laws
- AAUW Know Your Rights : Workplace Sexual Harassment
Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health
The LSU Student Health Center provides a myriad of services to help students through mental and emotional health concerns, provides availability of contraceptives, and sets students up with medical support.
- Lighthouse Program: for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence and stalking
- LSU Student Health Center Women’s Clinic
- Title IX and Sexual Misconduct: to report sexual misconduct or to learn your rights
- Wellness & Health Promotions: one-on-one consultations on various issues including eating disorders, sexual health and contraception, personal safety, and sexual assault
If you are expecting a child and would like to learn your rights, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides information on what to expect from your employer. If eligible for FMLA, you can take twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period within one year of birth.
- Department of Labor Factsheets: Paid Family and Medical Leave
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- Tiny Tigers: LSU Pregnancy & Parenting Program
- Leave guidelines for LSU Employees
- National Women’s Law Center: Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights- FAQs for College and Graduate Students
- Title IX: if you feel as though you have been mistreated or discriminated against on the basis of sex including pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions, such as abortion
- Resources for pregnant and parenting students
- Career Women (Employers Actively Recruiting Women)
- U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau (Resources and Updates)
- Women for Hire (Resources, Advice, Jobs)
Student Organization and Campus Resources
- LSU Women's Center - Louisiana State University
- Army Scotch Guard at LSU (LSU Army Scotch Guard) - The Army Scotch Guard of LSU is an all-female service organization serving the LSU campus, the Baton Rouge Community, and the LSU Army ROTC Tiger Battalion.
- Feminists in Action (FIA) - Promoting feminist awareness and activism on the LSU campus and in the Baton Rouge community.
- Minority Women's Movement (MWM) - The Minority Women’s Movement is an organization aimed to uplift and empower female minority students at LSU. The Minority Women’s Movement provides programs and services that address educational and social needs, in addition to providing community ou
- National Association of Women MBA's (NAWMBA) - NAWMBA is a student organization open to all Flores MBA students.
- Pro-Life LSU - A student led organization with a common goal to protect women and unborn children from the harmful effects of abortion through education, resources, and conversation.
- Rho Lambda - The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor those women within Panhellenic who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and loyalty to Panhellenic and their sororities. Only active members in the junior or senior year are eligible.
- Sigma Alpha - Sigma Alpha at LSU is a professional and social agricultural sorority whose members strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service.
- Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG/Gammas) - We are The LARGEST, fastest growing Latina based multicultural sorority in the nation. We have sisters representing over 113 ethnicities. We are the FIRST AND ONLY MULTICULTURAL sorority at LSU, and the first chapter of SLG in the state of Louisiana!
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - The Society of Women Engineers LSU chapter is an organization dedicated to assisting, promoting, and retaining women in the engineering and computer science majors.
- Women in Computer Science at LSU (WICS) - Group for the professional and academic development of women and others studying computer science and related fields at LSU.
- Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Organization (WGSGO) - The Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Organization welcomes any graduate students interested in WGS & LGBTQ issues. We have an active mentoring program, reading and discussion groups, and bring together WGS Minors from a wide variety of disciplines.