Want to send a shiver down your spine?
Take a few minutes to read the full text of Barack Obama's remarks as he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law this morning. Here's an excerpt:
Now, Lilly could have accepted her lot and moved on. She could have decided that it wasn't worth the hassle and harassment that would inevitably come with speaking up for what she deserved. But instead, she decided that there was a principle at stake, something worth fighting for. So she set out on a journey that would take more than ten years, take her all the way to the Supreme Court, and lead to this bill which will help others get the justice she was denied.
Because while this bill bears her name, Lilly knows this story isn't just about her. It's the story of women across this country still earning just 78 cents for every dollar men earn – women of color even less – which means that today, in the year 2009, countless women are still losing thousands of dollars in salary, income and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime.
Want to send an even bigger shiver down your spine? Take a moment to remember what John McCain had to say about the Fair Pay Act.
Now stop shivering and go high-five your grandma.
Tags: Barack Obama