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Today marks five years since Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became law

[January 28, 2014 – from left to right: Lilly Ledbetter, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)]

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the five year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

“Five years ago today I was proud to see the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law, an important bill that strengthened protections for victims of pay discrimination.  Equal pay for equal work should be a matter of common sense. But the unfortunate reality is that too many women in the work place still find themselves victims of pay discrimination. We need to do more – starting with passing the Paycheck Fairness Act – to build on the efforts of people like Lilly Ledbetter so that ultimately, all women are paid what they deserve for their hard work.”

Shaheen is the first female to be elected both governor and senator in American history and over the course of her career has been a staunch supporter of pay-equity laws.  As governor of New Hampshire Shaheen signed a law that created a process for addressing allegations of pay discrimination based on gender and in the Senate cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She is also a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act which would strengthen protections for victims of pay discrimination.