VICTORY! Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Passes Senate and House!VICTORY! It's been a long road to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and now we're nearly there! On January 22, 2009, the US Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, joining the House of Representatives. President Obama has spoken out in support of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and is expected to sign the Act into law very soon.
The Voices of Moms Helped Reach This Important Victory: MomsRising responded immediately when the Court made its harmful decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tires case in May of 2007 stating that pay discrimination claims must be made within 180 days after the pay is initially set (which effectively gutted the ability to hold employers accountable when they pay women less than men--even if the discrimination continues for years). Since then, MomsRising members have been deeply and consistently active in the fight to restore and improve pay equity laws.
Your persistence paid off. By the numbers, here is what you accomplished:
Letters to Legislators: A whopping 84,557 Letters to the U.S. Senate and House in favor of this legislation.
Resumes: MomsRising members sent in and delivered nearly 9,000 resumes to Senator John McCain's office after he refused to support this legislation, saying that women don't need fair pay, they need "more education and training."
MomsRising.org members deliver Resumes to Senator McCain's office.
Petitions: "We Need Equal Pay for Equal Work--it is good law, make it enforceable"
MomsRising Members= 28,722 signatures
Partnership with Color of Change Petition using the same language as above= 11,000 signatures
Partnership with Moveon Petition: "I'm offended by Senator McCain's statement that women need more education and training instead of guaranteed pay equity. Senator McCain and every other senator must support legislation that would help guarantee equal pay for equal work. "
MomsRising Members= 21,072 Signatures
Total petition signatures in support of the Fair Pay Act: 60,794
In-District Meetings: MomsRising.org members met with 44 Senators in 24 states to deliver petition signatures in support of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.
And...Let's not forget the very cool video of Batgirl fighting for fair pay, and the fabulous Fair Pay Calculator we developed in partnership with the Center for American Progress. A win this big is the work of many partners working together. We thank our policy parters at the National Women's Law Center, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Alliance for Justice, NAACP, Center for American Progress Action Fund, MoveOn.org and ColorofChange.org for coming together to create massive grassroots engagement on this issue.
But the most important part of all of this good work is YOU. Votes happen when enough of us come together to speak up for what we need. Thank you for taking action!
About the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Lilly Ledbetter, a manager at Goodyear Tires, endured pay discrimination (and thus the loss of significant wages) during her 19 years of employment--just for being a woman. She won a substantial settlement in a lower court and then the the Supreme Court ruled against Ledbetter, saying that pay discrimination claims must be made within 180 days after the pay is initially set. This effectively gutted the ability to hold employers accountable when they pay women less than men--even if the discrimination continues for years. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act reversed this bad Supreme Court decision, putting us on better ground for getting fair pay!