In 1974, Lindy Boggs was the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and later served as the Ambassador to the Vatican. She is a member of the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Democratic Party.
In a statement, Ledbetter says, “Because of Cedric Richmond’s adamant and outspoken support of a woman’s right to equal pay for equal work, I am proud to endorse Cedric for Congress. The fight for a woman’s right to equal pay was long and hard fought. Cedric Richmond has authored legislation to ensure equal pay for women and advocated for women who are working daily and sacrificing to support so many of our families.”
“Women in Louisiana and across the United States will benefit from having an advocate like Cedric Richmond to fight to continue the progress we have made.”
“I am honored to be the Honorary Chair of the Women for Richmond committee.”
Lilly Ledbetter was the plaintiff in the American employment discrimination case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named after her.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ensures equal pay for women.