To President Obama:
"Please take action to end the gender pay gap. Sign an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against workers who ask about pay discrepancies."
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Below is a message from Lilly Ledbetter, honorary public policy chair for AAUW of Alabama:
Five years ago this month, I stood next to President Barack Obama while he signed his first bill into law--my law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And now, I'm in Washington, D.C., again--not only to celebrate the law's passage, but also to remind the President that his work is not done.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important first step in our fight for pay equity, but it was just that--a first step. While the Ledbetter law righted the wrong-headed decision the Supreme Court made in my case, we need an executive order from the President to give employees and employers the concrete tools they need to make real progress in closing the gender pay gap.
Please join me in urging President Obama to make 2014 the year for progress on equal pay by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against workers who ask about pay discrepancies--a critical first step.