Lilly Ledbetter must be feeling pretty good right now, despite the fact that she didn’t get back pay for all those years she was paid less than men doing the same job. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, she is certainly getting name-checked by many prominent speakers touting the first bill signed by President Obama, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
On Wednesday she got mentioned again, this time in a tribute to Senate women and the need to add to their numbers.
First, a filmed intro – hey isn’t that Barbara Boxer in a hard hat — then an onstage tableau of some of the 12 women Democratic senators, among them Diane Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and host North Carolina’s Kay Hagan.
Barbara Mikulski, the senior Maryland senator, elected 26 years ago, said of the Ledbetter legislation: “That first bill was about America’s first principles: equality, opportunity and prosperity. Republicans in the Senate blocked our efforts to go further and end pay discrimination once and for all. We, the women of the Senate, with President Obama by our side, we’re going to keep fighting — our shoulders square, our lipstick on — because you deserve equal pay for your hard work.”