Congressman Cárdenas on the 10th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Today, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Lilly Ledbetter fought for fair wages after she learned she was paid much less than the men at her workplace for doing the same job. Her fight, and similar bravery shown in women across this country, paved the way for a law that makes it easier for women to be compensated for lost wages due to gender discrimination.
Though the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a great stride in the fight for equality in the workplace, in this country women are still paid only 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. I am committed to strengthening our laws for gender equality and against discrimination. We must continue to fight for hard-working women so they can receive the pay and the equality they deserve.