For Immediate Release
President Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter
Fair Pay Act, legislation that repairs the damage done by the Supreme
Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear. People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert was present at the signing, and issued the following statement:
"It was an extraordinary experience to be present for the signing of
this bill, particularly because it was the first piece of legislation
President Obama signed into law. Not only is this a crucial step
towards equal treatment for women in the workplace, it's a sign of
things to come under the Obama Administration.
"In 2007, thanks to George Bush’s appointments, the Supreme Court
severely hobbled worker’s ability to get an honest day's pay for an
honest day's work. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our champions in
the Congress and the support of President Obama, we're back on the
right track. There's still much to be done to ensure that our country
stays true to the values of the Constitution, including ensuring we
have federal judges who respect the Constitution and its promise of
equal justice for all. But I'm more optimistic than ever that we'll be
making great progress in the years to come."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.