I swear that I will one day get over the miserableness that was the previous ensuing decade, but for now I will continue to harp on yet another failure of the previous decade. In January 2009, President Obama started the year off right by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. The Act righted a serious offense committed by the Supreme Court, which had ruled that discriminating against women by paying them less than men for doing the same (or even better work) was perfectly fine as long as companies kept it secret for a really long time.
Another woman on the Supreme Court of the United States would be good, but I wonder if a woman who is a mother might be even better! No, not one to make the grilled cheese sandwiches and make sure everyone remembers to wear their warm coats. But someone who can view cases through the lenses of judicial experience and the reality of working motherhood.
Some people have complained that Michelle has been too silent and/or hidden during this crisis in the American economy. The ubiquitous they say that she should be connecting with one of "her" core constituencies - women. She should be out there, taking it to the street: visiting women who have become unemployed; showing up at welfare offices; and well, engaging. [While she did host the celebratory lunch for the passage of the Lily Ledbetter equal pay legislation that doesn't qualify as taking it to the people]
The best: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed
into law by President Barack Obama. This photo says, better than a
thousand words, the joy of this step forward for gender equality
in compensation. That's Lilly, the blonde in the middle (I won't
identify by her red jacket because it seems Senators Barbara Mikulski
and Olympia Snowe and Rep.Eleanor Holmes Norton also got the memo).
President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act today. It is his first bill signed into law and ends the May 2007 Supreme Court decision that an employee had 180 days to file a pay disparity discrimination lawsuit from when the disparity discrimination began. This law will extend the time to file a claim to 180 days from the date of the discriminatory paycheck to file a claim. This gives women and men an increased window to file a lawsuit for gender paycheck discrimination.
President Obama just signed this morning the bill that protects
everyone from pay discrimination. A BIG step for WOMEN and minorities!
History has been made today.The following information is from the White House Blog:
Once upon a time, in a land that now seems very far away, a 19-year-old girl landed what she thought at the time was her dream job -- a position as an on-air television reporter! It wasn't in a major city or anything, but she thought she was well on her way to the ultimate dream job (pre-cable) -- network TV. So she didn't worry too much about the meager salary of $120 a week because she was so excited about being a real reporter.
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