A large coalition of organizations committed to women’s economic equality held a Telephone Town Hall on the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the day after President Obama’s State of the Union to highlight paycheck equity. The Telephone Town Hall featured House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Representative Donna Edwards (MD-4), and Lilly Ledbetter. Over 16,000 individuals from across the nation participated on the call moderated by actress Cynthia Nixon.
The Telephone Town Hall discussed the importance of fair pay, paid family and medical leave, and access to affordable childcare, which Pelosi deemed “the linchpin for working mothers’ success in the workplace.” Representatives Pelosi, DeLauro and Edwards all answered participants’ questions live on air, ranging from a state official asking how they can help move policy forward to a 15-year old activist looking to make a difference in her community. The event also featured personal stories from women whose lives were affected by unequal wages and unpaid medical leave.
Please take the time to listen to a few highlights from this passionate Telephone Town Hall featuring some of the nation’s most powerful voices on improving the quality of life for working women and their families and tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.