3 Big AAUW Moments on the Equal Pay Act’s 50th AnniversaryJuly 01, 2013
1. Just like AAUW was in the room when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, we were at the White House on June 10 when President Barack Obama gave his remarks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the law. AAUW’s Pam Yuen stood behind the president as he made the call for everyone to be paid fairly. You can see Yuen — second from the right in the front row — applauding at the 5:50 mark as the president says that the need to close the wage gap is why the AAUW-supported Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill he signed into law. (We were there for that too!)
2. We also made a splash around the Equal Pay Act anniversary at our national convention in New Orleans. Members there were treated to our new video “AAUW and the Fight for Fair Pay: An Ongoing History.” See Suzanne Gould, AAUW’s archivist and records manager, talk about our first study on pay equity — back in 1894! — at the 35-second mark. Tune in at 3:30 to hear AAUW Vice President of Government Relations Lisa Maatz tell the story of our friend and fair pay champion Lilly Ledbetter. Did you know her case started with an anonymous note? Maatz also lays out the next steps in the fight for fair pay starting at the 5:20 mark.
3. Also from New Orleans — but broadcast worldwide — Maatz and Ledbetter participated in an Equal Pay Act anniversary Google Hangout with Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). Starting at about 5:10, Ledbetter shares why she thinks her story has resonated with women and families across America. And don’t miss Maatz’s call for action. At 8:40 she says, “We just literally can’t wait anymore.”
The Equal Pay Act anniversary may be over, but AAUW’s fight for women and families continues. Join us at fightforfairpay.org.