A Message from Lilly Ledbetter

Dear Carole:

For almost twenty years I was paid less than my male co-workers. My case went all the way to the Supreme Court — I was shot down.

But today, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and told the Supreme Court that they got it wrong. I always hoped this day would come and this is the best news I have heard in a long time. Here is the video of the signing:

I can’t say thank you enough to the thousands of you who’ve worked with us in this fight. Your e-mails to Congress, your phone calls, and your letters of support have meant so much to me and to the movement for pay equity for all women. We knew we could count on you — and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In the months and years to come, the fight for fair pay will go on. We’re still fighting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and there will be other fronts in battle to close the wage gap once and for all. But we’ve taken an enormous step forward today. Thanks for taking that step with me.


Lilly Ledbetter

P.S. To find out more about the bill and about pay equity, visit the National Women’s Law Center’s website at  www.nwlc.org/ fairpay.


3 thoughts on “A Message from Lilly Ledbetter

  1. I am so pleased with the Lily Ledbetter law. I have been the victim of pay discrimination myself as have millions of women. The criminals on the Supreme Court live in another century. (See the disenting opinion by Ruth Bader Gingsburg.)

    The most interesting thing about wage discrimination is not that no one knew about it, but rather that the powers that be (the criminals who occupy some of the seats on the Court) think that wage discrimination is okay!

  2. Welcome: It is just a question of justice—equal pay for equal work—no more, no less. I know little about Canada, so, I won’t comment there.

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