Fighting for fairness

The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making progress in a decades-long struggle to ensure women have the tools they need to fight for equal pay for equal work.

The President knows we’ve still got a long way to go to create an economy where hard work pays off, regardless of gender. Women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns for the same work—that’s why the President established the Equal Pay Task Force and supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would give women more tools to fight pay discrimination.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan refuse to stand up for fair pay for women. Romney won't say whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he has avoided taking a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Paul Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Equal pay adds up

Take a look at what it would mean for American families if women were paid fairly—and why President Obama is fighting for equal pay.

The Paycheck Fairness Act

The next step in the fight for equal pay is the Paycheck Fairness Act. President Obama strongly supports the paycheck fairness, but Republicans in the Senate have refused to allow a vote on the bill, and Mitt Romney refuses to say whether he supports it or not.

Lilly Ledbetter’s story

Lilly Ledbetter explains that equal pay isn’t about party affiliation. It’s about human rights, and being treated fairly based on what we do.