In the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney, the president mentioned signing the Lilly Ledbetter Law.
Lilly Ledbetter was a woman who lived in Alabama and went to work for Goodyear Tire plant. She got into management where few people were able to do. In 1998, someone gave her a note that said that the male managers doing the same work that she did, were earning thousands of dollars per year more.
1998! This was still happening in 1998!
Then the Supreme Court said that since she did not file a complaint in the 180 days after she received that first paycheck that was less than a man’s, she lost her case. There was no way she had of knowing that was making less than the men were. But that was no excuse. She lost.
Lilly talks about her early years as a complementarian wife. She didn’t know she was in a complementarian marriage, but that is how she describes her marriage with her husband. They went to their Baptist church four times a week, and her husband was a deacon.
After many trips to the doctor with her kids, and for herself, her doctor asked her what was wrong at home. Then he said “In my experience, if it’s not job troubles, then it’s one of two things. You’re dealing with either an alcoholic or a religious fanatic.” It wasn’t alcoholism.
Women have suffered. Will you join with me in helping women?