San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the fourth anniversary of enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:
“On this day, four years ago, President Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signed into law – and our country took a key step forward on the path to equality in the workplace and in our society. With the action of Congress and the stroke of the President’s pen, we restored the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay in court. We reversed a misguided Supreme Court decision that slammed shut the courthouse door on women seeking to fight discrimination.
“As we mark this achievement and celebrate our progress, we know there is far more to do. Women still earn less than men in the workplace. We cannot be satisfied until equal pay for equal work is not simply a political mantra, but a promise made and a promise kept. We cannot rest until the Paycheck Fairness Act is the law of the land, giving new teeth to the Equal Pay Act and providing women extra tools to fight pay discrimination. We cannot stop working until women and men are paid the same wages to do the same jobs.
“As the President declared in his inaugural address, ‘our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.’ He is right. It’s time for us to work together to better secure opportunity for women, fairness for families, and equality for all Americans.”