Pelosi Statement on the Ninth Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark the ninth anniversary of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“On this day, in 2009, President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signed into law, taking a bold step forward toward achieving equal pay for equal work. In this critical law, we reversed a misguided Supreme Court decision that slammed the courthouse door on women and other workers seeking to fight pay discrimination.
“As we celebrate this achievement and mark the significant progress made toward equality since, we recognize that the journey toward full equality is not complete. Today, American women earn only on average 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, and the promise of paid sick leave, access to affordable, high-quality child care and a fair wage have not been fully met. Unconscionably, the fight to wipe out the scourge of sexual harassment and discrimination – while at a watershed moment – remains unfinished. We must ensure that every woman and man facing workplace abuses has the resources needed to come forward, and the support they need to recover.
“Democrats know that the full, equal participation of women in our government, workplaces and culture makes America stronger and freer and creates a better future for all. We are offering A Better Deal, with Better Wages, Better Jobs and Better Futures: our ambitious economic agenda puts children on a path to success tomorrow and parents on a path to bigger paychecks today. Together, let us unlock the economic power of women and families, and drive a stronger, more just and more inclusive future for all.”
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