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Romney Waffles on Equal Pay, Isn’t Willing to Stand Up For Women and Their Families

It’s no surprise women don’t trust Mitt Romney to stand up for them and their families; he isn’t willing to do it.
  • Mitt Romney spent the Republican primary joining Republican attacks on women, and now he’s losing among women by 19 points. Romney is trying and failing to Etch-A-Sketch away his record on women by hypocritically misleading voters and attacking President Obama’s record on women and jobs. It’s no surprise women don’t trust Romney to stand up for them – he isn’t willing to do it.
  • This week, when asked whether Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that helps women fight for equal pay, his campaign tersely replied “we’ll get back to you on that.” Romney isn’t willing to stand up for working women across America who on average earn just 77 cents on the dollar. Romney now says he’s not going to change current pay equity laws, suggesting he opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Please see this campaign video on Romney and the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

  • Women should have the ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers. Anyone who wants to be president shouldn’t have to think about whether they support pursuing every possible avenue to ensuring women get the same pay for the same work as men. America’s economic security depends on it.
  • Romney’s extreme comments have left him underwater with women. Romney himself has said the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, that he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, and that he supports the Blunt Amendment that would give women’s health decisions to their bosses.
  • Romney’s attacks are both hypocritical and wrong. Romney has no plan to keep teachers on the job and no plan to accelerate job creation now to strengthen the recovery. In fact, Romney’s plans include tax increases that disproportionately hurt women, raising taxes on 18 million working families.
  • Under President Obama’s leadership, women are actually gaining jobs during the recovery, and the President has a plan to get women – and all Americans – back to work now. His budget would help support 320,000 teacher jobs, more than two-thirds of which would likely go to women.
  • Over the past 25 months, women have gained nearly 1.2 million private-sector jobs. That starkly contrasts the situation President Obama inherited. Almost 300,000 women lost their jobs in the month President Obama took office, making it the worst month on record for women’s jobs losses.

    President Obama’s measures have helped keep 400,000 teachers in classrooms, kept nurses and health care professionals on the job and helped put women back to work.

    He’s put payroll tax cuts into the pockets of nearly 75 million working women while passing 18 tax cuts for women-owned small businesses.