I had a chance to be on a conference call this week with Lilly Ledbetter, the woman who has become an icon in the fight for fair pay and equal status for women in the workplace. While the a law bearing her name was signed into law a year ago, The Lilly Ledbetter Act doesn’t guarantee equal pay for equal work — it gives employees the right to sue for back pay if and when they discover they’ve been discriminated against.
Lilly and many on Capitol Hill are still working, though, to make the Paycheck Fairness Act a reality — a bill that would mandate equal pay for equal work. It was passed by the House of Representatives last year, but was removed from the Senate version of the bill — so we’re all still waiting. (Here’s a little reminder about who voted against fair pay!)
As Lilly told Congressman George Miller, who is the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee that has been fighting diligently to make fair pay for all of us, had a chance to sit down and chat with Lilly this week about why it’s still so important to her to keep fighting, even though she will never benefit from the law that bears her name:
As I’ve said before, I think it would be an amazing act if her former employer, Goodyear, would step up and pay her the $360,000 in back pay she is really owed. Lilly is still fighting for us — I’d like to think we could fight for her, as well.