President Barack Obama, declaring equal pay a "family issue, not just a women's issue," has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
It's the first piece of legislation he's signed as President.
MSNBC reports the law effectively nullified a 2007 Supreme Court decision giving workers only 180 days to file a pay-discrimination lawsuit.
Kristin with MomsRising was there, "Today I had the enormous privilege of representing you, and all of MomsRising, at the White House to watch President Obama sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. As you know, MomsRising members played a major role in getting this Act passed with their over 150,000 supporting contacts to Congress."
Also in attendance: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, along with a crowd of cheering supporters.
Feministe writes, "I’ll tell you, there are a lot of things that could be said about how there is more work to be done, and how this should only be the beginning. All of that would be true. But right now, I’m just going to savor the moment."
The Census Bureau last year estimated that women still receive only about 78 cents for every dollar that men get for doing equivalent jobs. But the measure, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act, also applies to discrimination based on factors such as race, religion, national origin, disability or age.
CNN reports the Illinois Senate has voted unanimously to removed impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.
Blagojevich was arrested in December on federal corruption charges alleging, among other things, he attempted to sell or trade the Senate seat that became available after Barack Obama was elected president.
Pam's House Blend writes, "The Illinois governor was convicted and bounced."
While Debbie at blogos says, "Dear Mr. Blagojevich, Your story is the closest thing this era has to an ancient tragedy, with the important exception that tragic heroes usually had some redeeming quality, something that made what happened to them seem, you know, tragic. Hubris, though: yeah, you have more than your share of that. And arrogance, yowza.
Also, as a person of Illinois, I do not like how you keep invoking the "people of Illinois" who have elected you twice as the people who are getting cheated with this impeachment. We really don't give a flying fuck about you, although we take some comfort in having the rest of the country get a taste of what we have gone through with you as our governor."
Erin Kotecki Vest also blogs at Queen of Spain blog
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