Women’s Rights: A Long Journey
There’s been a lot of publicity around sexual harassment this year, and the MeToo movement seems to have brought us to a new age for women and their legal ability to navigate our social system. But it’s worth noting just how discriminatory our society—and others—have been toward women even in fairly recent times. Until the 2009 passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, women were not able to sue for the differences in discriminatory pay between their income and comparable men’s if more than six months had passed. The act was designed to address a Supreme Court decision entitled Ledbetter vs. Goodyear, where Lilly Ledbetter sued because, after decades of work, she discovered that her pay as a supervisor was lower than the lowest-paid man of comparable seniority. The Supreme Court denied her claim.