Pay equity for women?
President Barack Obama: The first thing he did as president was sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act promoting equity.
Republican Mitt Romney: “Important Topic.”
“If you’re going to have women in the workforce, sometimes they have to be more flexible,” said Romney, in his second debate with the president tonight, speaking of employees of his in the past who have worked flexible schedules to balance family and work. “In the last four years, women have lost 580,000 jobs… Three and a half million women more in poverty.”
“I know what it takes to make an economy work,” Romney said, “and an economy with 7.8 percent unemployment is not a strong economy… I’m going to help women in America get more work by having a stronger economy.”
Obama turned the debate to “a pocket-book issue” for women and families — contraception and child care. “These are not just women’s issues. These are family issues. These are economic issues…. One of the things that makes us grow as an economy is when everyone participates and women are getting the same deal as men.”