Today Bill Foster hosted a press conference call with Lilly Ledbetter to discuss the fight to close the wage gap and advocate for basic fairness for middle class families. In Illinois, women only make 76 cents on the dollar compared with men who do the same work, but Congresswoman Judy Biggert voted against both the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009, which made it possible for workers to take action against common types of long-term pay discrimination and helped close the wage gap between men and women. Even though she voted to raise her own pay nine times, Congresswoman Biggert refused to put the middle class first, instead siding with those corporations who choose to increase their profits by underpaying women for the same work as men.
Lilly Ledbetter endorsed Bill Foster in June for his support and dedication to fighting for equal pay, including his votes for both the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act.
"Congresswoman Biggert's vote against equal pay was a vote against the middle class and shows just how out of touch she is after 30 years in politics," said Bill Foster. "I'm proud to have the support of Lilly Ledbetter and was proud to vote for both the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Middle class families need to be our first priority, and that means continuing the fight to make sure equal work merits equal pay."
"I was glad to join the conversation with Bill Foster this morning about the importance of pay equity and what's at stake for middle class families in this election," said Lilly Ledbetter. "I was proud to be part of the first big step in closing the pay equity gap with the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and thankful for the support of people like Bill Foster who voted to pass this historic legislation. But Congresswoman Judy Biggert voted against middle class families, even though she voted to give herself a raise nine times. We still have a lot of work left to do, and that is why we need people like Bill Foster in Congress who will fight to put the middle class first."