So just a couple of hours ago, I put up a post about how Obama and Congress are expected to act quickly on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. I didn’t realize just quite how timely I was being, because this email from the Feminist Majority just landed in my inbox:
We have just learned the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act will be the first votes of the new House. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the House in the last Congress, but Republicans filibustered the bill and prevented a vote in the Senate. Ledbetter corrects the Supreme Court decision that gutted the ability of women workers to sue for wage discrimination.
The Paycheck Fairness Act also passed the House in the last Congress, but was never sent to the Senate floor. This Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and by barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages.
Let’s start the new Congress off with a vote for women’s rights. Tell your Representative to vote yes for women’s wages. Employed women need your Representative’s yes vote on these critical bills!
Well I’ll be damned. For those who don’t know, the 111th Congress is beings sworn in today. And if this really is the first vote they handle, it will be a hugely symbolic measure. Go email your representative now.
- The next step for fair pay by Rachel March 5, 2009
- Ledbetter passes the House! by Rachel January 9, 2009
- Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by Cara January 29, 2009
- Obama is the way forward for women by Jill October 22, 2008
- Obama Plans Action on Discriminatory Supreme Court Ruling by Cara January 6, 2009