I swore I was going to do something for Blog for Choice yesterday – I was still at NARAL Pro-Choice America and participated in its launch, so I still feel a little personal pride in its success – but I’ve been so wiped this week. The baby’s cutting his last molar and is sleeping about as well as you’d expect.
Aaaanyway. In addition to the Roe anniversary, we got another bit of great news yesterday: the Senate voted to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by a vote of 61-36! President Obama (whee!) is expected to sign the bill sometime next week.
From last night’s NOW release:
The Ledbetter Act, which was blocked in the Republican-led Senate last year, will essentially reverse the 2007 Supreme Court decision that required workers to file charges on a pay discrimination claim within six months after receiving their first discriminatory paycheck. The Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, which reversed the jury’s compensation award to Ledbetter, essentially gave employers the go-ahead to discriminate in pay, as long as they weren’t caught in the first six months after the onset of their illegal actions.
It’s nice to win. And again, I have to salute the tireless work of Lilly Ledbetter herself. Thanks to last year’s Supreme Court decision, Goodyear got away with years and years of pay discrimination against her, and this bill can’t remedy that. But she lobbied hard, testified before Congress, traveled the country, spoke to anyone who would listen, to ensure that what happened to her won’t happen to us.