Wednesday, October 17, 2012
During last night's presidential debate, a young woman named Katherine Fenton asked both candidates to explain their views about pay inequality between men and women.
President Obama spoke about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—the very first bill he signed into law. I was proud to work with my Democratic colleagues to pass this historic piece of legislation. Just like our President, I believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work.
Governor Romney gave a much different answer. He chose to brag about the “binders full of women” he kept as Governor of Massachusetts.
With no record of working to eliminate discrimination between men and women in the workplace, the Republican Presidential candidate stumbled through an awkward response and showed the American people that he would do nothing to solve this problem if elected.
As President Obama said during last night’s debate, this is not just a women’s issue. This is a family issue and middle class issue. When we take action to cut the income gap between men and women, it means a stronger economy for all of us.
Unfortunately, the GOP’s ongoing war against women means less economic security for every American family.
A Romney/Ryan administration would repeal Obamacare on Day One, which would force women to pay higher health care costs. Governor Romney’s Republican allies in Congress have sought to eliminate women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care as well. And don’t forget—practically zero Republicans joined me and my Democratic colleagues in voting to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
With more and more women becoming families’ primary breadwinners, it’s critical that we elect candidates who will work to eliminate pay discrimination in the workplace.
Will you sign my pledge to vote for candidates like President Obama who support pay equality for women?
Let’s make sure we elect candidates who will fight every day to make workplace discrimination a thing of the past. Let’s support pay equality for women so all American families can have greater economic security.