President Obama takes office facing the challenge of high expectations—of ending the recession, fixing the nation’s financial and housing problems, and withdrawing combat troops from Iraq within 16 months.
In addition, feminists expect him to end inequality in pay between men and women.
To this end the Senate will consider two bills, both passed by the House in early January, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Their stated purpose is to reduce alleged discrimination against working women by making it easier for them to sue their employers.
If passed by the Senate, they will be sent to President Obama, who has said that he would sign them. But whether these bills would actually help women to get hired and to advance in the workforce is dubious.