Thursday, January 29, 2009

President Obama Signed the Lillie Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act

On Thursday, January 29,2008 at 10:28 am Eastern Time, President Barack Obama signed the first bill titled "The Lillie Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act".

The signing took place today at the White House with Lillie Ledbetter present as a guest of honor for the signing. This marks the victorious end to a ten year journey that brought this grandmother from Gaston, Alabama all the way to the Supreme Court where she fought for the fair pay act so the next generation would not be cheated like she was. For twenty years, Lillie Ledbetter worked the same job but received pay that equaled less than her male counterparts.

When Lillie discovered this unfair practice, she decided to fight for change, not just for her, but for everyone who would come after her. This act will benefit women, races, and persons with disabilities. Lillie endured the struggles, hardship and harassment that she received while fighting for this important piece of legislation. President Obama noted that this bill would not have passed without the help of First Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Because Lillie Ledbetter cared about fair wages for everyone, she stood next to President Barack Obama at the White House while he signed the Fair Pay bill. Witnessed by the world as Fox News broadcast this historic event.

Cheryl Lynn Gardner
The Midnight Writer
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