The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill President Obama signed into law. His strong support of this bill shows issues of women’s equality are at the forefront of this administration. The President nominated two women to the Supreme Court bench, as well as six women to key cabinet positions. These actions set a tone to show our Commander in Chief’s priorities for appointing the most qualified candidate for important vacancies within his administration.
The creation of the White House Council on Women and Girls helped to ensure that women are treated fairly in all matters of public policy and to ensure that cabinet-level agencies coordinate policies and programs that impact women and families. The President then launched a broad effort to protect victims of domestic violence and reduce violence against women. The Recovery Act allocated $225 million to the Department of Justice to promote law enforcement strategies that address violence against women.
The issue of key importance for me as a service connected disabled female veteran was President Obama’s signing of the 2010 Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. This Act improves care for 1.8 million women who have served their country by establishing a child care pilot program, conducting a study of barriers to women veterans seeking health care, implementing a reintegration and readjustment pilot program, and improving care for veterans with sexual trauma.
This legislation provides caregivers of wounded and disabled veterans a wide range of support, including: stipend and lodging payments, health care, training and education, mental health services, and respite care. It marks a major step forward in America’s commitment to families and caregivers who tend to our wounded warriors every day.
These actions give all women, who currently wear and who have ever worn a uniform to serve this country, great reason to be proud of the respect President Obama has always show women.