GFWC Leaders Plan Annual Legislative Day
On September 5, 2008, as part of GFWC's Board of Directors Meeting, GFWC national leadership will hold its annual Legislative Day in the U.S. Senate. This year's Day on the Hill is particularly exciting, as the legislation we're advocating on is named after fellow clubwoman Lilly Ledbetter.
Lilly Ledbetter is a member of the GFWC Jacksonville, Alabama Progressive Study Club. In 2007, Lilly was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case on the issue of fair pay, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Inc.
Many national elected officials and national organizations such as the Womenís Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Professional Women of America thought the ruling was unfair, and as a result, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was introduced in August 2007.
This bi-partisan piece of legislation clarifies the language of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and restores pre-existing fair pay laws. The bill has already passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and likely will be brought up for a vote in the U.S. Senate later this year. The GFWC Board of Directors will hear directly from Lilly Ledbetter and will have the opportunity to ask about her experiences and how she became a nationally prominent figure.
After visiting Senate offices to advocate for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the GFWC Board will hear from Richard Kimball, founder and President of Project Vote Smart, the nationís first comprehensive voter education guide. Through the work of countless volunteers, Project Vote Smart has compiled voting records, issue positions, public statements, campaign finances and much more on all federal and state elected officials. The organization also tracks voter registration rules and requirements and ballot measures for all fifty states.
It promises to be an exciting time in the nationís capital for the GFWC Board of Directors Legislative Day. Look for full coverage of the event in your December 2008/January 2009 issue of GFWC Clubwoman Magazine.