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Taking a stand with women for economic security for all families

Five years ago, President Obama signed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. It was his first act as President and an important moment in the fight to advance women's rights. But we know that fight is not over. Women's voices are still absent from crucial leadership roles, in both the private and public sectors.

Last month, during the President's State of the Union address, he once again took a stand with women, saying:

Today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.
The President urged everyone from Congress to local small businesses to rally together to ensure women have an fair shot at success and opportunity.

The very next night, the President's words were turned into action. On the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, OFA and 60 partner organizations hosted a telephone town hall that featured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Congresswomen Donna Edwards and, of course—Lilly Ledbetter herself, the woman whose advocacy for fair pay led to the Fair Pay Act.

During the call, Ledbetter encouraged the group to continue working for pay equity. She highlighted her story and encouraged everyone to do whatever possible to push forward the Paycheck Fairness Act.

There are many factors that go into ensuring all women and families have a fair shot at success. Closing the pay gap is essential to promoting the economic security of American women and families. New policies on paid leave—from family to sick leave—are incredibly important for women and men.

An often repeated line from the President's State of the Union address was: "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode." OFA volunteers and supporters are working to make that happen. Join us to stand with women.

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