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Monday, February 2, 2009

Letter from Lilly Ledbetter

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in to Law

Dear Eddie,

For almost twenty years I was paid less than my male co-workers. My case went all the way to the Supreme Court — I was shot down.

But today, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and told the Supreme Court that they got it wrong. I always hoped this day would come and this is the best news I have heard in a long time.
I was there with the President when he signed the bill.

I can't say thank you enough to the thousands of you who've worked with us in this fight. Your e-mails to Congress, your phone calls, and your letters of support have meant so much to me and to the movement for pay equity for all women. We knew we could count on you — and we couldn't have done it without you.

In the months and years to come, the fight for fair pay will go on. We're still fighting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, and there will be other fronts in battle to close the wage gap once and for all. But we've taken an enormous step forward today. Thanks for taking that step with me.


Lilly Ledbetter
P.S. To find out more about the bill and about pay equity, visit the National Women's Law Center's website at

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