Actress Ashley Judd and North Carolina Women for Obama fired upped a group of over 250 women at a summit held at Central Piedmont Community College, last Sunday. Charlotte's First lady Samara Foxx, NC Treasurer Janet Cowell, Women for Obama Committee Leader Nelda Leon, Woman Vote Director Elizabeth Outten and Field Organizer Nikki Harris enthusiastically encouraged the diverse female crowd to get involved to ensure a win for President Obama.
“We're bringing women of Charlotte together to re-elect Obama and keep the state of North Carolina blue. He's done so much for women who make the world go round. He's a moving forward president who's all about making changes. We have President Obama to thank for signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Fairness is the core of this president. We have the president's back,” said Harris.
Lilly Ledbetter, a production supervisor, worked at an Alabama Goodyear tire plant for 19 years before she discovered, by a anonymous note, she had been significantly underpaid compared to the men who performed the same duties and hours. By retirement, in 1998, her monthly salary was $3,727, while 15 men at $4,286 lowest to $5,236, highest. She sued, six months prior to an early retirement, claiming pay discrimination and won in the lower courts but the Supreme Court overturned that decision stating the statute of limitations of 180 days had been reached. President Obama' signed the Fair Pay Act, the first act of Congress since his inauguration, in January, 2009, into law stating that the 180 day limitation be reset so discrimination lawsuits could be filed with each new discriminatory pay check.
“President Obama has long championed this bill and Lilly Ledbetter's cause and by signing it into law he will ensure that women like Ms.Ledbetter and other victims of pay discrimination can effectively challenge unequal pay,” White House blog.
In 2010, at same employment responsibilities, white women earned 77.4 cents on a man's dollar, African American women earned 67.7 cents and Hispanic women, 58.7, according to the National Committee on Pay Equity.
Judd, 44, a recent Emmy nominee for her role in ABC's television program, Missing, attributes her surviving child and sexual abuse as her reason for advocating for women.
“It's crunch time! It's only 106 days until the election. Let's make our collective voices be heard on November 6th. We can sing a grand chorus. Get involved!” said Harris.
For more information, to volunteer and donate visit www.barackobama.com/women-for-obama.