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Date: January 29, 2016 at 1:16:25 PM EST
Subject: In-town Pool Report #2
The president spoke to a crowd of approximately 200 (pooler estimate) in the South Court Auditorium to celebrated the 7th anniversary of the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation signed into law by the president.
Event was open press. POTUS was introduced by Lilly Ledbetter herself, looking spry at age 77. Among those in attendance were tennis legend Billie Jean King, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and EEOC chair Jenny Yang.
Ledbetter recounted her story of working at a Goodyear plant in Alabama and finding out that she was paid substantially less than male counterparts for equal work. Her court battle resulted in a Supreme Court decision siding with Goodyear on legal technicalities. the 2009 law overturned the decision but did not mandate fair pay for equal work.
``Nobody wants to be a poster child for unequal pay for equal work ...but that's what happened to me,'' she said in her Southern lilt.
POTUS recalled how the Ledbetter act was the first bill he signed and the picture taken of himself and Ledbetter that day. ``She looks the same!'' he said, an obvious reference to his graying hair. The audience laughed
He talked about how women are half the work force, but women on average are paid 79 cents for every dollar a male earns. For African-American women, its 60 cents and for Latinas it is 55 cents.
``That's not right,'' he said. ``It makes it harder for familes to save. It makes it harder for families to retire.'' (Check quotes against transcript.)
Unequal pay is harmful to families particularly where women are the chief breadwinners, he said. It also hurts businesses whose customers have less to spend.
Unequal pay is ``not good for for our communities, its not good for our families, its not good for our businesses,'' he said.
``What kind of example does paying women less set for our sons and daughters?'' he asked.
POTUS announced the administration would collect and report data on pay by race and gender from businesses with over 100 employees in an effort to ``get a clearer picture'' of the disparity.He urged passage if the Paycheck Fairness Act.
``Social change never happen overnight,'' he said. ``It is a slog....(but everyone must keep) pushing that boulder up the hill. just be steady, persistent and understand that the work we do today (can) lead to a better future tomorrow.''