Gadsden’s Lilly Ledbetter, the nationally known advocate for equal pay for women, endorsed U.S. Rep. Artur Davis for Governor. She accompanied Artur around the state and let folks know she supported him. Artur is on record for closing the pay gap between men and women. Artur has proposed that companies that offer gender equality in pay be rewarded. It would include creating a state income tax credit. The credit, aimed at middle and lower income Alabamians, would help pay for childcare. Artur had this to say:
A man in this state with a college degree makes approximately $20,000 a year more than a woman and we’ve acted as if it just has to be that way. We need to do something about it. We need a Governor who is on the side of our daughters and granddaughters.
As you will recall, Ms. Ledbetter, a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant, sued the company after discovering she was being paid significantly less than males in similar positions with similar experience. Her lawsuit gained national attention and resulted in Congress passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Artur was the only member of the Alabama Congressional Delegation to vote for the bill.
Source: Birmingham News
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