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The Junior League of New Orleans
awarded five grants totaling $39,916 to New Orleans area nonprofit organizations through its Community Assistance Fund (CAF) program. Recipients include the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, Luke's House, New Orleans Council on Aging, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation and YMCA. The Junior League has awarded more than $313,000 in CAF grants since 2007.


Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
held its inaugural Zulu on the Bayou event on Mother's Day, May 8, followed by a second line with a message to take a stand against violence in New Orleans. The event, part of a campaign with WWL-TV, also included violence reduction campaigns CeaseFire New Orleans, Crimestoppers and Peacekeepers.


The motherhood wage gap
is larger in Louisiana than in any other state. Louisiana mothers are paid only 53 cents for every dollar that fathers earn, according to the National Women's Law Center. On average, mothers in the U.S. make 73 cents for every dollar a father earns. The gap is larger for mothers of color; black mothers make 53 cents and Latina mothers 47 cents.


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