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Lie #6: Lilly Ledbetter Says Mitt Romney Does Not Support Equal Pay

- September 5, 2012

THE LIE: Lilly Ledbetter Says Mitt Romney Does Not Support Equal Pay.

THE REALITY: Mitt Romney Is A Supporter Of Equal Pay For Women. President Obama’s Economic Policies Have Left Women Struggling.

Mitt Romney Is A Supporter Of Equal Pay For Women:

Mitt Romney: “I Certainly Support Equal Pay For Women.” DIANE SAWYER: “I want to talk about a couple of issues relating to women. This 19-point difference between you and the president on women. Here are some specific questions. If you were president -- you had been president -- would you have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Law?” MITT ROMNEY: “It's certainly a piece of legislation I have no intend -- intention of changing. I wasn't there three years ago ..” SAWYER: But would you have signed it?” ROMNEY: “I'm not going to go back and look at all the prior laws and say had I been there which ones would I have supported and signed, but I certainly support equal pay for women and -- and have no intention of changing that law, don't think there's a reason to.” (ABC News, Interview Transcript, 4/16/12)

President Obama’s Economic Policies Have Left Women Struggling For Work:

Since President Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.0 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/3/12)

Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Unemployed Women Has Increased By 860,000 To 5.9 Million (5,865,000). (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 8/3/12)

Nearly 5.9 Million Women Are Currently Unemployed In The Obama Economy. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 8/8/12)

Female Job Gains Have Slowed Since The Recession Ended In June 2009. “While female workers largely held their own through the recession, job gains have slowed since the downturn ended in June 2009, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data on the demographics of the labor market recovery.” (Vicki Needham, “Slower Job Growth For Women Voters Could Cost Obama In Election,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 3/25/12)

“Women Are The Only Group For Whom Employment Growth Lagged Behind Population Growth From 2009 To 2011.” “Out of all the groups represented in Pew's survey — including blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians — women are the only group for whom employment growth lagged behind population growth from 2009 to 2011. During that time, female employment grew by 0.9 percent and lagged behind growth in the population of working-age women by 1.5 percent.” (Vicki Needham, “Slower Job Growth For Women Voters Could Cost Obama In Election,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 3/25/12) 

The Poverty Rate Among Women Is The “Highest In 17 Years” And The Extreme Poverty Rate Is “The Highest Rate Ever Recorded.” “Minorities and women were hit hardest. The poverty rate among women climbed to 14.5% in 2010 from 13.9% in 2009, the highest in 17 years. The rate of extreme poverty among women climbed to 6.3% in 2010 from 5.9% in 2009, the highest rate ever recorded.” (Aamer Madhani, “Obama Team Urges Swift Passage Of Jobs Bill,” USA Today, 9/13/11)


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