Before signing the bill, Obama made clear that this bill is not just about its namesake or his two daughters or the countless women who are still facing unlawful pay disparities; it is also about the families who have to make ends meet with less because of wage discrimination. He said in signing the bill:
“Equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue — it’s a family issue. It’s about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition and child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves; that’s the difference between affording the mortgage — or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor bills — or not.”
As another anniversary closes on the signing of this bill, we continue the fight for them, too.
Lilly Ledbetter was the plaintiff in Ledbetter v. Goodyear and the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Deborah J. Vagins is senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office and co-chairwoman of the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.