Thursday, January 29, 2009

Overheard @: Women's groups respond to Lilly Ledbetter Act signing

Following President Obama's White House ceremony this morning to sign into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, representatives of women's groups are voicing their approval. Among them:

* Debra L. Ness, PresidentNational Partnership for Women & Families: “In making the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signs into law, President Obama today signals an end to the days when we had to revisit and defend women’s and civil rights victories of the past, and can instead focus on creating jobs, promoting fairness, and ending discrimination in our workplaces.

The harmful U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear will now become an ugly footnote in our history books. We now enter a new era in which equal opportunity is real and anti-discrimination laws matter. In this struggling economy, workers need protection from discrimination more than ever. Equal pay for equal work is among one of our country’s most fundamental values. We applaud President Obama for taking this essential step for fair pay in America.”

* Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, "It was with great pride and joy that I attended today’s Presidential signing ceremony of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Now federal law ensures that employees are able to seek redress if they learn that they have been discriminated against in pay because of their gender, race or ethnicity. Many years ago, Lilly Ledbetter bravely stood up to a major corporation and fought for the rights of workers all across this country to fight pay discrimination. And today, by making this the very first bill he signed into law, President Barack Obama showed us that he is acting on the promises he made in his campaign."

What reaction have you heard -- among women and other groups? Comment below.

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