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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 20, 2010

Presidential Proclamation -- National Equal Pay Day

A PROCLAMATION

Throughout our Nation's history, extraordinary women have broken barriers to achieve their dreams and blazed trails so their daughters would not face similar obstacles. Despite decades of progress, pay inequity still hinders women and their families across our country. National Equal Pay Day symbolizes the day when an average American woman's earnings finally match what an average American man earned in the past year. Today, we renew our commitment to end wage discrimination and celebrate the strength and vibrancy women add to our economy.

Our Nation's workforce includes more women than ever before. In households across the country, many women are the sole breadwinner, or share this role equally with their partner. However, wage discrimination still exists. Nearly half of all working Americans are women, yet they earn only about 80 cents for every dollar men earn. This gap increases among minority women and those with disabilities.

Pay inequity is not just an issue for women; American families, communities, and our entire economy suffer as a result of this disparity. We are still recovering from our economic crisis, and many hardworking Americans are still feeling its effects. Too many families are struggling to pay their bills or put food on the table, and this challenge should not be exacerbated by discrimination. I was proud that the first bill I signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, helps women achieve wage fairness. This law brings us closer to ending pay disparities based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability by allowing more individuals to challenge inequality.

To further highlight the challenges women face and to provide a coordinated Federal response, I established the White House Council on Women and Girls. My Administration also created a National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force to bolster enforcement of pay discrimination laws, making sure women get equal pay for an equal day's work. And, because the importance of empowering women extends beyond our borders, my Administration created the first Office for Global Women's Issues at the Department of State.

We are all responsible for ensuring every American is treated equally. From reshaping attitudes to developing more comprehensive community-wide efforts, we are taking steps to eliminate the barriers women face in the workforce. Today, let us reaffirm our pledge to erase this injustice, bring our Nation closer to the liberty promised by our founding documents, and give our daughters and granddaughters the gift of true equality.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 20, 2010, as National Equal Pay Day. I call upon all Americans to acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and join my Administration's efforts to achieve equal pay for equal work.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

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Shut up and tell your wife to go in the kitchen and bring us a beer to debate this issue.


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I thought April 20 was the National Weed Day.

It's also Hitler's Birthday. The streets must be filled with marchers of different causes depending on which part of the country they are from.

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The statement that "an average woman" earns less than "an average man" is

meaningless without more information about the average man and woman.

For example, an average 40-year-old earns more than an average 20-year-old.

Why? Because he/she has more experience (on average).

There could be a thousand different factors at play.

According to the SSA, the average man retiring in 2000 had 44 years of

working under his belt, while the average woman had only 32. This is

because women are more likely than men to take time off from work to have

and raise children and interrupt their careers.

Does it affect their average wage? Absolutely.

Should a woman with 32 years of experience earn the same wage as a man

with 44 years of experience? I don't think so.


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Hopp said it best on another thread related to discrimination:

Hopp said:

We live in an unfair world. And my concern is that you are beating your head against a brick wall worrying about it.

Deal with it, and just enjoy yourself.

Great advice for all things racist and discriminating.




Life..... Nobody gets out alive.

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I thought April 20 was "National Pot Smoking Day"... :whistle:

No, thats national scratch your a$$ and post all day on VJ day.

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"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."- Ayn Rand

“Your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you.”

― Andrew Wilkow

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Hopp said it best on another thread related to discrimination:

Hopp said:

We live in an unfair world. And my concern is that you are beating your head against a brick wall worrying about it.

Deal with it, and just enjoy yourself.

Great advice for all things racist and discriminating.

Obviously coming from someone who has never personally experienced true racism or discrimination.

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