Democrats have long fought for women’s equality. One element of that fight has been the effort to ensure women earn equal pay for equal work. Since taking office, President Obama has made major strides toward that goal. The first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which guaranteed basic protection for women and other workers against pay discrimination.
The President has also demonstrated his commitment to women’s issues by establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls, which provides a coordinated Federal forum dedicated to identifying and responding to the challenges that women and girls face. In addition, health insurance reform is bringing an end to insurance practices that discriminate against women based on their gender. Additionally, as a result of reform nearly eleven million women better access to affordable coverage thanks to health care reform.
Young people have been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights for women, particularly on college campuses. In addition, through caucus and chapter involvement the College Democrats are helping to elect officials that will fight for women’s rights.