Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | January 29, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

I’m proud that the first Act that President Obama has signed into law is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides equal pay for equal work.  It’s a bill that Hillary Clinton worked hard to advance, and which has been a long time coming.

Here’s some of what President Obama said:

“Lilly Ledbetter did not set out to be a trailblazer or a household name. She was just a good hard worker who did her job — and she did it well — for nearly two decades before discovering that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the very same work. Over the course of her career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits — losses that she still feels today.

“Now, Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle and the harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved. But instead, she decided that there was a principle at stake, something worth fighting for. So she set out on a journey that would take more than ten years, take her all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, and lead to this day and this bill which will help others get the justice that she was denied.”

Our new president has huge challenges to confront, both nationally and globally.  I’m pleased that he made time for this one.

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  1. Lawsuit filed claiming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve

    There were serious questions about the constitutional eligibility of Hillary Clinton to serve as secretary of State. The issue arises from a vote held to raise the Secretary of States salary. Senator Hillary Clinton voted for this increase. The Constitution forbids members of the Senate from being appointed to civil office, such as the Secretary of State, if the “emoluments,” or salary and benefits, of the office were increased during the Senator’s term.


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