Want to know if Mitt Romney would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps guarantee women the right to equal pay for equal work? Romney’s campaign said, “We’ll get back to you on that.”
Here’s what we do know: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to effectively challenge unequal pay for the same work, was the first bill President Obama signed into law. But Romney’s campaign is telling women like Lilly Ledbetter—whose fight against pay discrimination inspired the law—that they don’t know whether he supports it.
Here’s what Lilly Ledbetter had to say about Romney’s silence:
“I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families. If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act … Anyone who wants to be President of the United States shouldn’t have to think about whether they support pursuing every possible avenue to ensuring women get the same pay for the same work as men. Our economic security depends on it.”
The law is a basic tenet to stop discrimination at the workplace, but Romney’s campaign failed to provide a direct answer on this vital issue. Americans deserve a president who stands up for the rights of women and doesn’t dodge tough questions.