Lilly Ledbetter on Equal Pay for Women

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 11:07 AM

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

When asked how the candidates intend to address the issue of unequal pay for women in the workplace in the debate Tuesday night,  President Obama referred to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first bill he signed into law when he took office. Mr. Obama said: "It's named after this amazing woman who had been doing the same job as a man for years, found out that she was getting paid less, and the Supreme Court said that she couldn't bring suit because she should have found about it earlier, whereas she had no way of finding out about it. So we fixed that."

Lilly Ledbetter told her story on the Leonard Lopate Show in March, and you can listen to to that interview here!

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Comments [5]

Lenny's fan

Thank you, Ms. Ledbetter, for choosing to fight.

Oct. 21 2012 10:12 PM

The Fact is Women don't make less when they work in the same job with the same hours with the same experience. Sure there are some women who do earn less, but there are men who earn less. But in average women earn 98% of what Men make not 78%.

And my Favorite

Oct. 19 2012 01:03 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The question is, how much right does the government have to tell private employers how much they have to pay their workers? We accept that employers are legally required a certain minimum wage, but how much right to meddle beyond that? I know that I have been underpaid compared to other co-workers at times, even though I knew for a fact that my productivity was much higher, and how bitter I felt about the unfairness. But does that mean that I could demand the government level the playing field for me?

How many government mandates can we place on employers and expect them to compete in a global marketplace?

Oct. 19 2012 12:02 PM
fay from Charlotte nc

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Oct. 19 2012 10:15 AM
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Oct. 18 2012 01:10 PM

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