President Obama has long championed this bill and Lilly Ledbetter’s cause, and by signing it into law, he will ensure that women like Ms. Ledbetter and other victims of pay discrimination can effectively challenge unequal pay.
While his intentions may have been admirable, women haven’t progressed in the workforce. The Obama campaign has repeatedly attacked GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan for his decision to veto the act, saying that he was against “equal pay for women,” but actions speak louder than words. The president may have signed words on a paper, but we are living in a growing gender gap era, with women on the losing side.
Since his inauguration, his actions have only reversed economic equality for females. Currently, women who work equal hours to men receive only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS continues to report failed efforts Obama once championed, as the number of women unemployed increased 780,000 from when he first took office in January 2009.
The most appalling disappointment from the Obama administration is the fact that on average, female White House staffers are paid $11,000 less than male staffers per year. While the Obama administration continues to attack Republicans for “voting against female equality” does it really make a difference when the votes in question were against failed legislation? I have to disagree- I would rather my candidates have the wherewithal to thoroughly analyze and vote based on research to know when a piece of legislation will not succeed.
Since the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, gender inequality has only gotten worse and, in turn, the Obama administration continues to deflect attention away from their own failures by trying to point out the negative aspects of their opposition’s campaign.
There comes a time where you have to look beyond the clutter and see what is really taking place in our society. The Democrats continue to accuse the GOP of waging a “War on women” when President Obama’s record on the matter is far from sterling. The Lilly Ledbetter Act failed, and we need to look for solutions in the future to save our country from an irreversible gender gap.