Fair pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter released this statement in reaction to Mitt Romney’s comments at tonight’s presidential debate:
Mitt Romney’s solution on leveling the playing field tonight was to point out he once had a binder full of women applicants. That binder didn’t help me at Goodyear, and it’s not helping the women across this country, making 77 cents for every dollar a man gets. If Romney was truly concerned about women in this economy, he’d take a stand against paycheck discrimination. Instead, he has remained silent and refused to speak out for equal pay for women and their families. Simply put, Romney doesn’t get it. But President Obama does and knows that when women make less than men for the same work, it threatens the economic security of entire families. President Obama has worked tirelessly to level the playing field for women because he understands that equal pay is not just a women’s issue, but an American issue.