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Lilly Ledbetter Day

Obama signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into lawPresident Obama today signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Named after a veteran Goodyear employee who learned she had long been receiving less pay than her male counterparts, the law better protects workers from pay discrimination.

The official White House blog posted Obama’s remarks, along with those of the first lady and Ledbetter herself; the blog also links to the full text of the bill, on which you can comment.

Gail Collins in the Times places Ledbetter in a “long line of working women who went to court and changed a little bit of the world in fights that often brought them minimal personal benefit.”

Hat tip to Fred Klonsky, who has declared today “Lilly Ledbetter Day.”