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18 August 2008

The "Voice of Fair Pay" Scheduled To Speak At Democratic Convention

In July of 2007, Georgia's Democratic Congressional delegation stood united in their support for the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (H.R. 2831)", a bill designed to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.

The bill was drafted and passed through the U.S. House of Representatives in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that stated "workers don't have the right to sue for pay discrimination if they don't file a claim within 180 days after the decision is made to pay them less." [Source: Georgia Politics Unfiltered, Georgia Congressional Republicans vote against fair pay act...", July 31, 2007]

Today, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced that the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Lilly Ledbetter, will address the Democratic Convention on the night of Tuesday, August 26th.

"The theme of Tuesday night’s program is Renewing America’s Promise, and there is no more critical promise that we can keep to American women than to ensure pay equity," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Permanent Chair of the 2008 Convention, in a press release. "There is a clear difference between the parties when it comes to pay equity, and this election could not be more critical when it comes to garnering support for reversing the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear case. As American women are called upon to do more and more for their families with less and less resources coming in, the least we can do is to ensure pay equity."