Obama on the side of working women

Women have a choice in the November election. They can stand with President Barack Obama, who has fought for equal pay for equal work since his first days in office, or they can stand with Mitt Romney, who refused to answer whether he would have signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, as Obama did as his first law.

The law makes sure women can go to court to fight for rights – and pay – denied in the workplace, no matter when they learn that they’ve been paid unfairly.

And to make sure discrimination doesn’t happen in the first place, Obama is urging Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which improves existing law and makes wage discrimination harder to hide.

But again, Romney has stood down with Republicans in Washington who are denying women access to equal pay for equal work – instead of standing up for working women.

With women making up nearly half the workforce, and more and more becoming breadwinners in the family, Obama knows that denying fair pay doesn’t just discriminate against women. It hurts families and the middle class, and our economy and our country.

Romney’s silence is a strong indicator of the type of leader he wouldn’t be for working women. His silence is a sign of failed leadership that has no place in the Oval Office.

Diane Raymond

Nashua