Remember Lilly Ledbetter’s story?
A chastened 111th Congress might give President Obama a chance to make things right, very soon; the House of Representatives already approved the bill:
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 – Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting)
I apologize — I do not have a citation for this next chunk of material (I’m looking):
First Victory for Women and Working Families in the 111th Congress!“It’s a one-two punch for women, that could knock out many pay inequities,” said NOW President Kim Gandy as the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills today that would advance fair pay for women. In a vote of 247-171 the House passed the President-elect Barack Obama, who said during his that he would make pay equity a priority in his administration. Women voters also helped to elect a Congress that is more women-friendly than it has been in over a decade. We have worked for and have been waiting for this .(HR 11) to address the setback delivered by the last year for women victims of pay discrimination, and in a they passed the (HR 12).Thanks to the leadership of (D-Calif.), (D-Conn.) and (D-Calif.), these bills were on the schedule for the opening days of the 111th Congress and serve as an encouraging sign for things to come. Women voted overwhelmingly to elect
The Ledbetter legislation, which was blocked in the Republican-led Senate last year, will essentially reverse the Supreme Court decision that requires workers to file charges on a pay discrimination claim within the first six months of receiving their first discriminatory paycheck. The Court’s decision ingave employers the go-ahead to discriminate as long as they weren’t caught in the first six months after the onset of their illegal actions.
The companion bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which did not even make it to the Senate floor last year, closes loopholes that allow employers to pay men and women discriminatorily and provides consequences.
“NOW has been working since our founding over 40 years ago to end wage discrimination against women. We celebrate this day and look forward to the Senate’s upcoming vote on both bills,” said Gandy. The bills will go as a package to the Senate andhas promised that “pay equity” legislation is at the top of his to-do list.
Background on Lilly’s case:
Your votes for a new Congress and a new party in the White House appear to have had some effect “business as usual.”
See an Obama campaign video on Ledbetter, below.
(See more, here.)
Tip of the old scrub brush to Kathryn and Judith.