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 Obama’s commitment to women’s equality stemmed not only from his experiences as the son of a single mom, a husband, and the father of two daughters, but also as our nation’s leader, focused every day on strengthening our economy and maintaining our competitive edge in the world.

Shortly after taking office, he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and established the National Equal Pay Task Force. Then, in 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower workers to take control over negotiations regarding their pay.

“I had to hold on. I just couldn’t give up. Senator Barack Obama knew exactly what I had lived through. His grandmother had been turned down for raises and promotions yet they want her to train the men they hired.”

Lilly Ledbetter

(Left) Lilly Ledbetter and then Senator Obama, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, the night of the first Senate vote on the Lilly Ledbetter Bill. Senator Obama spoke on behalf of the Bill prior to the vote. (Photo courtesy of Lilly Ledbetter)

(Right) President Barack Obama signs into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House. January 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

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