Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into Law: Relevant Gender Equality

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law, and it was an important one in the struggle for women's equality. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act addresses a vexom loophole that only allowed 180 days from the time of a pay set for a woman to bring legal action if they discovered that they were being paid unequally for the same work. Lilly Ledbetter will never see the over $200,000 she was underpaid by her employer for the same work performed by men over her nineteen years with her company, and that wasn't the point. She wanted to make sure that future generations of women could achieve equal pay for equal work, and this is an important step in that direction. Thank you Lilly Ledbetter!

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