In a close vote of 225 to 199, today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007. It’s not surprising that the bill passed, because it simply re-states the law as it has been interpreted for many years. What is truly shocking is that 199 members of the House voted to roll back our rights and deprive women of this longstanding remedy for pay discrimination.
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“With this veto, George Bush has proved once again that his allegiance is to his extremist base and not to the millions of caregivers and families who need this research,” says NOW President Kim Gandy.
In a 247-176 bipartisan vote, the House today passed a bill that would allow federal funding of stem cell research utilizing donated human embryos. “Women are the majority of family caregivers, and the heartbreak of having a loved one with a debilitating illness and the related burden of their care could both be lifted with this bill,” said NOW President Kim Gandy.
“At the very core of our liberty as modern women is the ability to control our fertility and plan our families, but there is an all-out attack on birth control in this country,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “We congratulate Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for introducing the Access to Birth Control Act.”
“The passage of this bill is significant to the National Organization for Women because we have fought for the last 15 years for an inclusive law that would protect all of those who were excluded from previous hate crime laws,” said NOW President Kim Gandy.
Today the National Organization for Women and our allies are calling attention to the persistent wage gap between women and men by observing Equal Pay Day. This year we pause on April 24 — symbolizing the day that women workers finally “get out of the red” and their 2006-2007 earnings finally equal men’s earnings from last year alone.
As lawmakers are set to debate proposals to “reform” the nation’s immigration laws next month, the National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) is continuing its mission, this time to educate Senate members and staff on the dire need to improve the lives of immigrant women living in the United States.
“Stem cell research is a woman’s issue through and through,” said NOW President Kim Gandy. “The research supported by this bill could someday help alleviate the suffering as well as the mental and financial stress associated with many chronic and fatal diseases,” said Gandy.–
The National Organization for Women is proud to stand today with Senators Kennedy and Smith they introduce the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a law that will penalize and help to prevent hate-based violent crimes. The most comprehensive hate crimes legislation ever introduced in Congress, this law will finally classify as hate crimes certain violent, criminal acts that are motivated by the victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
There are 14.2 million foreign-born women in the United States. Five-and-a-half million are naturalized citizens, another 5.5 million are documented and 3.2 million are undocumented. Each year, half of all immigrants entering the United States are women and girls. However, public policies regarding immigrants do not reflect the impact that being female has on immigrants’ lives in the United States. This applies to both documented and undocumented workers.