NOW endorses Obama for pro-civil justice reasons
The National Organization for Women has announced its support for the Obama/Biden ticket. Kim Gandy, Chair of the NOW PAC, said:
Although it is very unusual for us to endorse in a presidential election, this is an unprecedented candidate and an unprecedented time for our country. The NOW PAC reviewed Sen. Obama's record and public statements on issues that disproportionately affect the women of this nation, and I spoke with him at length about his commitment to women's equality.
I thought I'd blog about this because interestingly, among the reasons for their support of Obama and Biden are their support of some pro-civil justice issues. Specifically, they point out the following:
On pay equity. Sen. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation to end wage discrimination against women.
This legislation is pro-civil justice because it preserves a person's ability to sue an employer that is engaging in discrimination, by reversing the ridiculous rule that requires a woman to sue within 180 days of receiving her FIRST discriminatory pay check. (Or in other words, the rule that requires a woman to be psychic, paranoid, a snoop into her co-workers' business, or a professional investigator.)
NOW also highlights:
On the Supreme Court. Sen. Obama opposed the nominations of George Bush's extreme right-wing nominees to the Supreme Court, who have consistently ruled against women's rights.
Because what good is access to the courts if you're only going to run into judges that aren't willing to rule fairly?
Finally, some real attention is being given to access to the courts.