President Obama Celebrates Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act While Still Paying Women Less In His White House

Nine days into his administration President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which states women should get paid the same as men. Three years later women in his White House earn on average $11,000 less than their male counterparts. Of the administration’s 20 top earners, who each took home $172,200 for their work in 2011, only six of those were women. This is all based on the 2011 annual report on White House staff to Congress. But today he celebrates Lilly Ledbetter claiming he is “keeping his word.” According to the Obama campaign, “Four years ago Barack Obama promised to fight for equal pay. As President he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act putting the law behind the principle of equal pay for equal work –helping to build an economy where hard work is rewarded, regardless of gender.”

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