Thursday, January 29, 2009

Steps Toward Equality

President Barack Obama, today, on my son's 22nd birthday, just signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act! This is the first bill he has signed into law. Fitting for the future, change has come to America.

This means that black and brown women will no longer earn 67-cents for every dollar a white man earns. It means that a white woman will no longer earn 78-cents for every dollar a white man earns for doing the same job. This means a level playing field for President Obama's daughters, my daughters, and even for me. It is a cool thing.

My daughter who wants to be a photographer will be paid the same as a man doing the exact same job. My daughter who wants to be a writer will be paid the same as a man doing the exact same job. It is the law. Wow, it is a sunny day for steps toward gender equality in the workplace. Thank you Lilly Ledbetter for continuing the fight for ten years and for President Obama for signing this into law!



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