Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act - 5 Years Later

This information is from the AAUW Action Network email dated January 14, 2014.  

Five years ago this month, I stood next to President Barack Obama while he signed his first bill into law – my law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And in just a few weeks, I'll be back in Washington, D.C., again – not only to celebrate the law's passage, but also to remind Congress that their work is not done.
As you know, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important first step in our fight for pay equity, but it was just that – a first step. While the Ledbetter law righted the wrong-headed decision the Supreme Court made in my case, we need the Paycheck Fairness Act to give employees and employers the concrete tools they need to make real progress in closing the gender pay gap.
I’ve always said, giving women my Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act without the Paycheck Fairness Act is like giving them a nail without the hammer.
On the fifth anniversary of the law’s signing, I'll be in Washington, D.C., with my friends at AAUW to meet with members of Congress and urge them to take the next step we've been fighting for: the Paycheck Fairness Act.

That's why I need you to take action today – so that when I walk into the House and Senate later this month, members of Congress will know that I've got the voices of thousands of AAUW members and supporters behind me. 

Please, join me in urging your elected officials to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
 Together, we can make 2014 the year for progress on equal pay.

Yours in AAUW,
Lilly Ledbetter