Lilly Ledbetter and a Pro-Woman President

5 Sep

Last night, there were several amazing speeches given at the DNC.  How you could anyone not be in love with First Lady Michelle Obama?  Another particular speech that really resonated was that given by Lilly Ledbetter, who has been celebrated before on TSM.

Many of you may remember that Ledbetter had the courage to fight for equal pay when she learned that her male peers were earning more than she for the same work at the Good Year Tire and Rubber Co. Finally the case went to the Supreme Court in 2007, where the Fecal Five told Ledbetter: “Sorry, but you should not have waited so long to file the lawsuit–deal with it.”  Fortunately in 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which now allows women and all Americans to challenge unfair pay practices.

Not only am I consistently impressed with Ledbetter, but I love that we have President Obama who is not afraid to stand up to bullies and is working to protect women, the LGBTQ community, marginalized populations, and the middle class. Ann Romney can take her token role to promise that her husband is kind of okay once you get to know him. The dozens of women appearing onstage at the DNC tell the compelling story of a party and a president that really want to make this country fair for all. Not such a hard choice, is it?

5 Responses to “Lilly Ledbetter and a Pro-Woman President”

  1. katybrandes September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    It is NOT such a hard choice. It actually seems very natural to me. Awesome — love it! Thanks for writing this post.

  2. Will S. September 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Have to love the Supreme Court basically saying “they got away with it for a long time, so they can’t be held to account now.”

    Does that mean that if I cheat on my taxes long enough, the IRS can’t come after me?

  3. Christine Noble September 7, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    It is great that she was able to get her voice heard. On a somewhat related note, if you want to hold the President to the implicit promises made in his speech last night, vote for him on the Working Families Party line. He does have the WFP’s endorsement, and voting for him on their line will send a message that you do not approve of the rightward pull of the Democrats, at least on economic issues, and that you want him to hold the fat cats in the 1% responsible for their actions.

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