2009 – 2017

Fought for Fair Pay for All Genders

President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, empowering workers to recover wages lost to discrimination by extending the time period for parties to bring pay discrimination claims, and took other steps helping to shrink the gender pay gap by more than 10 percent.

Additionally, he signed an April 2014 Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation, further strengthening equal pay laws.

Lilly Ledbetter Remembers
Lilly Ledbetter filed a wage discrimination suit against the Goodyear Tire Company upon discovering she was making 40% less than male peers. Her unsuccessful suit led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
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President Barack Obama signs executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women, at an event marking Equal Pay Day in the East Room of the White House, April 8, 2014. The President signs the Presidential Memorandum — Advancing Pay Equality Through Compensation Data Collection, and an Executive Order regarding Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information. Lilly Ledbetter stands to the left of the signing table. (Courtesy Barack Obama Presidential Library)

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