President Barack Obama and other Democrats on Tuesday seized on Equal Pay Day — a symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man — to court women voters and call out Republicans for inaction on the issue.
Obama dedicated a new national monument to women’s equality and pushed Congress to pass legislation. He suggested he’s encouraged by movement toward full gender equality in many arenas — including corporate boardrooms, professional sports and presidential politics.
“If we truly value fairness then America should be a level playing field,” the president said, as he joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski and other Democrats at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in D.C., the one time home of the National Women’s Party now designated as Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. Alva Belmont and Alice Paul were figures in the women’s rights and suffrage movements.