Jan. 29th, 2009

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...because he gets this:

"Equal pay is by no means just a women's issue -- it's a family issue. It's about parents who find themselves with less money for tuition and child care; couples who wind up with less to retire on; households where one breadwinner is paid less than she deserves; that's the difference between affording the mortgage -- or not; between keeping the heat on, or paying the doctor bills -- or not.

"Making out economy work means making sure it works for everybody..."

"...it's not just unfair and illegal, it's bad for business to pay somebody less because of their gender or their age or their race or their ethnicity, religion, or disability...

"...justice is not about some abstract legal theory, or a footnote in a casebook. It's about how our laws affect the daily lives and daily realities of people; their ability to make a living and care for their families and achieve their goals.

"Ulitmately, equal pay isn't just an economic issue for illions of Americans and their families, it's a question of who we are -- and whether we're truly living up to our fundamental ideals...with a more enlightened understanding that is appropriate for our time.

"I sign this ill not just in [Lilly Ledbetter's] honor, but in honor of those who came before - women like my grandmother... for my daughters, and all those who will come after us, because I want them to grow up in a nation that values their contributions, where there are no limits to their dreams and they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers never could have imagined."

"And now it's up to us to continue this work. This il is an important step... This is only the beginning."

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