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June 6, 2012

The Equal Pay Defeat in Two Pictures

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(photo 1: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Lilly Ledbetter (2nd R) is joined by (L-R) Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Selley Berkley (D-NV), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Rep. Rosa DeLaruro (D-CT) and Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) hold a quick press availability before the Senate makes a procedural vote on an equal pay bill at the U.S. Captiol June 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. Despite strong support from President Barack Obama, the bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace was blocked by Senate Republicans. Ledbetter, a supervisor at Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998, sued the company for paying her significantly less than her male counterparts. She lost her case, which went to the Supreme Court, but inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. photo 2: Getty Images caption: senator jon kyl of arizona answers reporter’s questions alongside other Republican senators after the equal-pay vote.)

  • black_dog_barking

    One nation, under God, with equal justice and liberty for all some.

  • David

    One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all some rich white guys.

    • David

      Sorry, the “all” and “some” were supposed to be struck through, playing off @black_dog_barking:disqus ’s comment. It would have been kind of funny.

  • Catherine McCallum

    This is too depressing to be contemplated. I’m going back to bed.

  • cf2k

    Two Americas.

  • Rima

    The five white guys didn’t gather in front of a sculpture – they themselves are frozen in time. 

  • ebosdepew

    the top photo is a show of poise, unity and determination. in the second photo, the subjects are florid, antagonistic and full of fear.

    it is the year 2012. i know who my money is on.

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