Sen. Barbara Miluski of Maryland (who sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act), Michelle Obama, and Lilly Ledbetter after the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
We have read this week's comments, and they are all fantastic. Everyone has such great insights, and this is the kind of discussion we had in mind when choosing this topic and writing this blog.
For the most part, everyone agreed that this was a step in the right direction towards equal pay, but not the be-all, end-all. You agreed that these changes may be slow to take place: some companies will follow through, but others will "fall through the cracks" until threatened with a lawsuit or similar action. Some people expressed concerns that companies that are smaller or have lower-paid employees may not follow the law, because their employees do not have the means to sue them. Others are afraid that the dismal economy will hurt this act. Many people mentioned the issue of transparency: we are encouraged to keep our salaries private, which means that we do not know if we're being discriminated against.
The class seems to be in agreement that the courts were just following the laws, but that the laws themselves were flawed. SOmeone had the interesting (and frighteningly enough, probably true) thought that the laws were set up this way intentionally, to provide a loophole for discriminatory practices.
The class was also in agreement that this will advance the cause of feminist, not hurt it. It shows how much we still need to focus on feminism & gender equality.
We all agree that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will help families, especially single mothers, and we are all glad that it was finally passed.
-Bonnie Bryant, Rhyanna Anderson, Rachel Badger, Mia Bloombecker