Alabama Clubwoman Lilly Ledbetter to Address Delegates at Democratic National Convention
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is pleased to announce that Lilly Ledbetter, a member of GFWC Jacksonville Progressive Study Club (Jacksonville, Ala.) will address delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, in Denver, Colo. Lilly will discuss her mission to ensure pay equity for women through a Congressional bill— H.R. 2831: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007— that is currently three votes shy of reaching the floor of the U.S. Senate. Lilly’s appearance at the Convention comes just before a trip to Washington, D.C., where she will be among nearly 200 members of the Federation meeting with Members of Congress to advocate for bringing the bill to the floor for a vote, where it is expected to pass with overwhelming support.
“Lilly Ledbetter is a terrific example of how GFWC clubwomen work to enhance the lives of others,” said GFWC International President Rose M. Ditto, Ph.D. “Our members take the issues that are close to their hearts and communities and develop a national platform of discussion, education, and change. GFWC fully supports Lilly in her efforts to protect future generations of women from pay discrimination.” GFWC’s Board of Directors will hear Lilly speak on Thursday, September 4, at their fall meeting, and will visit Capitol Hill as a group on Friday, September 5, to meet with Senators and staffers to discuss GFWC’s position on the Lilly Ledbetter Bill.
Lilly’s goal in speaking to delegates at the Convention is not to make an endorsement for President but to focus the national spotlight on the issue of pay equity. According to the 2006 American Community Survey issued by the US Census Bureau, the median earnings of women who were full time workers in 2006 was $32,515 or 77 percent of full-time male workers' median earnings of $42,261. Furthermore, Black women earned only 63 percent, and Hispanic women only 52 percent, of the wages of white, non-Hispanic me. GFWC first passed a resolution supporting economic equity for women in 1988 based on the significant gap between the wages paid to men and the wages paid to women, even for those working in the same jobs.
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