Thursday, January 29, 2009

Way to Go Lilly Ledbetter!

(from About the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Lilly Ledbetter, a manager at Goodyear Tires, endured pay discrimination (and thus the loss of significant wages) during her 19 years of employment--just for being a woman. She won a substantial settlement in a lower court and then the the Supreme Court ruled against Ledbetter, saying that pay discrimination claims must be made within 180 days after the pay is initially set. This effectively gutted the ability to hold employers accountable when they pay women less than men--even if the discrimination continues for years. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law today by President Obama reversed this bad Supreme Court decision, putting us on better ground for getting fair pay!

Did you know that right now women without children make 90 cents to a man's dollar, mothers make 73 cents, and single moms make only about 60 cents to a man's dollar? We've got a long way to go for equal pay for women, but today was a great step forward.

"Thank you for working so hard on this bill to close the loophole created by my Supreme Court case last year. Today is a historic day in the fight for equal pay, and even though my bill passed there is so much work to do. I'm going to keep up this fight and I hope you will join me. Let's keep up the good work ladies! Together we can win equal pay." --Lilly Ledbetter

And thank you Lilly!

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