When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

President Barack Obama is introduced to speak by Lilly Ledbetter at an event aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay during an event at the White House. The first law President Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended time periods for employees to file claims for wages lost as a result of discrimination.


Text of the President’s remarks here




President Barack Obama signs executive actions, with pending Senate legislation, aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men, during an event marking Equal Pay Day. President Obama announced new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women.



Lisa De Bode: Obama Signs Executive Order On Equal Pay For Women

Keeping with his promise to champion women’s rights in the workplace, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday that addresses the issue of unequal pay among federal contractors.The executive order addresses the federal government’s gender wage gap by mandating that contractors publish wage data — by gender and race — to ensure compliance with equal-pay laws. The order also prohibits contractors from retaliating against employees who compare salaries. Tuesday’s signing coincides with National Equal Pay Day, serving as a reminder that more than 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was made law, women still earn less then men. On average, women earn only about 77 cents on the dollar compared with men. African-American women and Latinas take home even less, just 64 cents and 54 cents, respectively, for every dollar earned by white men, according to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). Obama called the numbers “embarrassing,” and “wrong.”

“It is good to move the ball forward on improving our equal pay policies,” Fatima Graves, NWLC vice president for education and employment, told Al Jazeera. “It’s important because right now workers are left in the dark about wage disparity information.” “What we really need is for Congress to pass the Fair Paycheck Act which would get at all workers,” she said. A Senate vote on that act, slated for Tuesday, would extend the order’s requirements to most other employers. However, the bill has already failed to pass twice, despite evidence that pay transparency can reduce the gender wage gap. In the federal government, for example, where pay rates are publicly available, the gender wage gap is much smaller than in the private sector, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.The Fair Paycheck Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963

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Members of Congress including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., pose for photos in the East Room of the White House in Washington, before an event marking Equal Pay Day











148 Responses to “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”

  1. April 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Was that one entry comment? Wow!

      • April 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        Magic skills…….. AMK is not the only one w/ tricks 🙂

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          April 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

          I. am. hopelessly. outclassed….when it comes to magic. 🙂

          • April 8, 2014 at 5:25 pm

            Ok, I will give away the store……. I was preparing a post prior to realizing NW was on the case…..just happened to have those tweets saved in the comments section from the previous thread. *Poof* I’m no long David Blaine……reduced back to Carrot Top 😦

            • 6 vcprezofan2
              April 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

              Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You’re not supposed to give away the store so easily and quickly. What’s the matter with you? You’ve taken most of the joy out of my ‘picking on you’. 😦

              I’m going to recommend you to amk-school for annoying vc. Wonder what his fees would be? :??:

      • April 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        😆 I was wondering that too!

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          April 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

          I’d say he padded himself so that on entry no one could squeeze him/herself in beside him. Hmmmmmm.

        • April 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm

          Great news, Chips! ………. an easy win/practice for ManU?

          • April 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

            LP, there was a time I’d have said: “That’ll be easy!” Not so much now 😦

            Heck, Tally and me will be at war that day!

            • April 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

              I have to admit I was being a little mischievous there….. at least the old fogey Beckham is gone……just take out Donavon and use it as a WC precursor!

              • April 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

                🙂 Now that you say it LP, I wonder how many of the big names will even appear in that game, they’ll probably still be resting after the World Cup. United will probably send an under-12 team. Hmmmm, Galaxy fans should know this before they pay big bucks for their tickets!

                • April 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

                  Mexico, already did it to the U.S. last week……. wouldn’t release players from clubs before the cuts down to 31 man national team rosters…..U.S. team had some 18 year old kid playing from the 4th div. in Germany, subbing in after the half… I hope the Galaxy throws Alexi Lallas out there…something about him makes me want to punch the t.v. when he is on!

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      April 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      No wonder there was no space for me to enter! 😉

      Hi, L. Plains! How’s ya doing?

      • April 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Doing well VC, thank you for asking (had my Biology Lab final yesterday evening)! How bout you….. all good in the home front?

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          April 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

          So are you ALL done for this academic session, and readying yourself for summer?

          As for me, things are great! Every time someone asks, I am reminded how tremendously fortunate I am.

      April 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm


  2. April 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you sooooooooo much Nerdy – loved this event, pure joy!!

  3. 31 carolyn
    April 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I was so fortunate to work in academics, after the accrediting associations MADE universities pay men and women on the same scale, determined by academic rank. For a long time in academics women got about 1/2 to 3/4 of what men were paid. However, the accrediting associations withheld accreditation if the schools would not publish a pay scale and pay men and women the same, and guess what…..they survived! They also could not charge us more for insurance.

    Please go back to the white background…..I lose so much with this background and have to redo and redo…..:-(

    • 32 99ts
      April 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Hi carolyn – I received equal pay via the courts and then the unions. In my world the courts ruled in 1967 that if 9 points of work equality existed women must be paid the same as men. My employer in 1970 kept saying they were “investigating”. Took the union 2 more years but eventually we got the equal pay (and back pay!). Just one of the things lost with the demise of unions – I could not have done this alone – within a group of about 300 people – 8 were women.

  4. 33 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    OT, but this was so hilarious that I had to bump up the setting on my oxygen concentrator!

    • 34 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      To read, hit the link in the tweet…

    • April 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Can. Not. Stop. Laughing.

    • 36 Nerdy Wonka
      April 8, 2014 at 6:22 pm


      This is when I collapsed into a fit of laughter: “And then someone in my group. I don’t know who. God help me I don’t know who… Someone threw a snowball and hit a little girl in the leg. And those little Norwegian children unleashed hell. There was a shrill cry in unintelligible gibberish and the doors to the school burst open. School children flooded out like a never-ending flood of something that never ends.”

      How are you going to come from a warm climate and think you can defeat citizens of that country (Norway) in a snowball fight. LOL.

    • April 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I soooooo want this scene made in to an entire movie Alycee, funniest thing I have read in an age!!! 🙂

    • 38 donna dem 4 obama
      April 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Tears.Rolling.Down.My.Face. THIS is hilarious!!! 🙂

    • 39 GGail
      April 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Now…that is a FUNNY story!!!!

    • April 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Obviously, we should insure that we never get into a war with Norway. The schoolkids there are really, really dangerous. 😆

    • 41 Dudette
      April 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      LOL! 🙂

  5. April 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    CROSSING CHRISTIE: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/04/14/140414fa_fact_lizza


    BIG guy can take dish it, but can’t take it……. what a tool

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      There once was a bully at a roast
      Who looked to give his usual boast
      When things got hairy
      And his demeanor got scary
      Joy said, “Hey, bully, you’re toast.”

  6. 44 MightyPamela
    April 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    So, Mitch might just consider having words with the boner regarding those ‘jobs’ and ‘job ideas’ he’s wanking about in public. How’s things, Mitch, worried about re-election, are we?

  7. April 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

  8. April 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I warned the village 3 weeks ago……… everyone was *looking* at me funny. I couldn’t figure out why nobody else saw it…..the time has come!

  9. 47 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

  10. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    April 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Cable is infotainment. It’s there for your enjoyment. It’s not journalism. There are very few actual journalist host on cable. That’s why I am of the opinion that if your gonna do cable then you cater to your audience or you’ll lose them hence:

  11. 53 JER
    April 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

  12. 55 HZ
    April 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I love our Attorney General!!!! The fools keep on disregarding giving respect to him and to our President. I will have an extra glass of red tonight.HZ

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Just posted a similar thought! We shall toast our Attorney General together, HZ!

      • 57 HZ
        April 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        Jacqueline O’, I keep two lovely glasses on a lovely try at the corner of my Breakfast Island ready for the beautiful great friends and of course my TOD family members ready to pour and sip. I will keep you in my thoughts as I sip tonight, my beautiful Jacquelineoboomer.HZ

  13. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    April 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “You don’t want to go there, buddy.” – AG Eric Holder

    Doesn’t even matter to whom in Congress he said it, it’s just one heckuva beautiful comeback.

    • 60 COS
      April 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      AG Holder is fed up with this disrespect from the likes of Louis Gohmer (Gomer Pyle). He was ready for them today. I applaud him.

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        April 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        If we were there, we could take him out to dinner! I feel sorry for his having to put up with this crap, but he was masterful at handling it.

          • 63 HZ
            April 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

            Yes, he is tired of this disrespect. And it continues to show how this attitude towards AG Holder will not stand with AG Holder. As you stated, Jacquelineoboomer, “He was masterful at handling it.”

            It shows that these foolish and hateful people in Congress have no clue as to who they are dealing with when it comes to trying to destroy AG Holder. AG Holder has been very patient with these hate filled scums, and today was not the day to try to continue to bring him down again.

            AG Holder is a core decent man, and he will sit and listen to anyone with reasonable thoughts, but this continued disrespect, No Way. Trust me. AG Holder has taken too much IMO. This crap is so near and close to my heart because of very, very personal reasons, I need to let it go because I will go off and this is not the place to do such especially when I pledge to myself that I would Never disrespect myself and most of all Chips’ beautiful space that rightful ask that we show respect to POB and to each other. I hope I have never not kept that promise, and when I do, I hope that my TOD family will pull me to the side and speak to me. HZ

        • April 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          He basically told him to FO!!

  14. April 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  15. 71 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Yes, I see it coming…

    • 72 Vicki
      April 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Oh I hope this is not an accurate prediction.

    • 73 pkayden
      April 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      He was a informant against the Mob. Why would the Black Academics care about that? He’s not being accused of spying on Black groups. This is old news. He wrote about it in his book decades ago.

  16. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm


  17. 75 GGail
    April 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh vc….if you’re around…pls ck your email. Thank you very much 🙂

    (It’s a shame this is the only way I can get this woman to check her email!) She’s on TOD daily!, but will she look at her email daily? nooooo 😉

  18. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  19. 91 desertflower
    April 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm


    Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from “Obamacare” even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

    Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. They and some conservative allies are spending millions of dollars to hammer Democratic senators in North Carolina, Alaska, Colorado, Iowa and elsewhere, chiefly for backing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., renewed his criticisms of the Kochs this week. In a Senate chamber speech, Reid noted that Koch Industries benefited from a temporary provision of the health care law.

    The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, Reid said, “helped the company pay health insurance costs for its retirees who are not covered by Medicare.” Reid asked sarcastically: “So it’s OK for Koch Industries to save money through Obamacare” even as Koch-related groups seek the law’s repeal.

  20. 94 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    • 95 anniebella
      April 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Am I ready for another Bush in the White House? I will answer that question……. Hell No!!!!!!!!!! I hope that answer that stupid question.

  21. 96 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Don’t believe in spanking but this is hilarious.

  22. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    April 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  23. April 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  24. 116 dotster3
    April 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Yikes! Kelly Rowland said about a choking back tears (crying) Boehner at a Taco Bell event, “He’s so sweet.” She also went on to praise an over- burdened Congress.

    • 117 Dudette
      April 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      She knows not what she does or to whom she’s talking. Too busy to keep up w/ politics. [At least I’m going w/ that her excuse — either that or she’s just a straight up fluffer.]

    • 118 MightyPamela
      April 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Overburdened – with guilt, maybe.

  25. April 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I finally saw this whole exchange and all I can say is BRAVO, AG Holder, for standing up to this nincompoop.

  26. 123 JER
    April 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  27. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    April 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • 125 HZ
      April 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Give some love to our hard working SOS, John Kerry. He gave McCain a spanking also today. Love to AG Holder and SOS, John Kerry working it today. I love our President, Barack Obama for having out spoken take no Crap from these Fools in these committees today.

      Love it!!! I just might have half a bottle of red tonight. Cleared by doctor. Both of these hearings can be seen in full on C-SPAN tonight. Delicious!!!!!HZ

  28. 126 Vicki
    April 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Paul Krugman column #5 praising Obamacare “Three legs good one leg bad,”

    • April 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Oh my, only 61. Rest in peace, Zeituni.

    • 133 GGail
      April 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      May God rest her soul

    • 134 anniebella
      April 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Any response from President Obama, like a statement. Of course I don’t know how close they were.

      • 135 HZ
        April 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        May the peacefulness rest within the hearts and minds of the First Family be one that will comfort and minister to all of this family as a whole during this time of mourning of the aunt of the president.

        May we offer up our most sweet and loving prayers of comfort to our president as he and FLOTUS may their visit to Texas for the service tomorrow. There are a lot of emotional and private moments visiting upon our President and CIC during these times… We know that he is very capable of meeting these very sensitive challenges, however, his feet are not made of stone, but his heart surely is a channel of sincere love and concern for those families that he will speak with in their private moments as well as to a nation who is waiting to help him bear this burden at this time. May the sweet, sweet spirit of the loving angels of wisdom grant him all that he needs tonight and tomorrow.

        Be strong, Mr. President. We here at TOD love you, pray for you, and share our meditative moments of coming together to offer our love and thoughts to the families at Fort Hood and the leadership there. May traveling mercies surround you and your team as you make this journey tomorrow. We do love and respect you, Mr. President and we are so grateful that you are our president. HZ

  29. April 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    “Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, April 8, 2014:

    The escalation of the situation is several cities in the east and south of Ukraine is being initiated by outside forces and executed with the subversive participation of the Russian Federation. The provocations are being carried out by groups directed by Russian secret services.

    The aggressive acts that threaten the lives and safety of Ukrainian citizens, the organization of separatist forces, and the participation in illegal activities by Russian citizens are evidence of Russia’s intent to implement the second phase of the occupation of Ukraine.

    Acts of sabotage are being accompanied by a large-scale propaganda campaign that cynically distorts facts, uses threats and blackmail, and spreads blatant falsehoods to justify Russia’s interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

    The escalation of the situation was designed to lead to bloodshed and military confrontation in order to provide a pretext for further aggression. Even the nonsense about the use of “American commandos” to combat the rebels was designed to shatter peace. These theories demonstrate that the mentality of Russian agents has been profoundly affected by their special operations.

    Today the situation has been stabilized.”

    More at the link: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/09/ukraines-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-condemns-russias-interference-in-ukraine/

  30. 137 globalcitizenlinda
    April 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  31. April 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    “The good news for Obamacare just keeps coming in. Via Charles Gaba, the Rand Survey — which was the subject of a report in the LA Times, but which wasn’t publicly available — is now in. And it says that as of mid-March — that is, before the final enrollment surge — the Affordable Care Act had already produced a net gain of 9.3 million insured adults. Again, that’s a net gain; so much for claims that more people are losing insurance than gaining it.

    At least some Republicans are realizing that (a) the ACA is not going to collapse and (b) they can’t simply take away insurance from millions of Americans. So they have to come up with an alternative.

    And as Sahil Kapur reports, at least a few of them are coming to a terrible realization: there is no alternative.”

    More here:


  32. 141 desertflower
    April 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is my credo:)

    • 142 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Love it. We’ve been watching my 3-y/o great grandson – just a normal kid – teach HIMSELF language. He’s figuring out the nuances, sounds, making up new words that work for him, etc. You have to be paying attention to get his thought processes. Amazing if you guide them, talk to them, and then just sit back and watch and listen! They put on quite a show, while they’re learning (an added bonus).

      • 143 99ts
        April 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        I thought my grandbabe was confused with what was “up” and what was “down” – but we have no stairs at my house & the daughter explained the stairs are referred to as “up downs” – and the conversation was asking as to where are the up downs at grandma’s house.

        • 144 jacquelineoboomer
          April 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

          You have to listen keenly, to know what the hell they are talking about.


          • 145 HZ
            April 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

            Jacquelineoboomer and 99ts your comments are making me tear up with tenderness and yet feel so much of your precious blessings by being so precious of being presence in the beautiful moments of your precious grandbabies. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ To the loving journey of these precious lives}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}/HZ

            • 146 jacquelineoboomer
              April 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

              Thank you so much, HZ. And now I’m tearing up!

              Two or three days in a row, I got “trapped” (willingly) into playing cars on occasion with my great grandson, passing them over bridges we made using yardsticks placed between a couple of tables. My part was “Grandma Motorcycle.” Today, he had a close friend’s young daughter to play with, and he invited her to play cars and, after she said yes, he looked at me and said “You’re old.”

              Ha. I love everything about him. If he wants to ditch me for a younger person, no problem. But I did remind him “I wasn’t too old to play Grandma Motorcycle with ya for a few days, was I?”

              It’s total innocent beauty right before my eyes.

  33. April 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    “As the government in Kiev moved to reassert control over pro-Russian protesters across eastern Ukraine, the United States and NATO issued stern warnings to Moscow about further intervention in the country’s affairs, amid continuing fears of an eventual Russian incursion.

    Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Kremlin of fomenting the unrest, calling the protests the work of saboteurs whose machinations were as “ham-handed as they are transparent.” Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he added: “No one should be fooled — and believe me, no one is fooled — by what could potentially be a contrived pretext for military intervention just as we saw in Crimea. It is clear that Russian special forces and agents have been the catalysts behind the chaos of the last 24 hours.”

    The secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Russia would be making a “historic mistake” by going into Ukraine, and he urged the Kremlin to “step back.” At a news conference in Paris, he said any such actions “would have grave consequences for our relationship with Russia and would further isolate Russia internationally.””

    Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/world/europe/russia-ukraine-unrest.html

    “Senior officials from the EU, Russia, the US and Ukraine are to meet next week to discuss the worsening situation in Ukraine.

    It will be the first four-way meeting since the crisis erupted.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will join US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia.


    The exact time and place of next week’s talks were not made clear although an EU official confirmed they would be in Europe.”


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