And, now, because we have actually managed to begin to create a community so that not every one of us must reinvent the wheel in the reaction to each new episode of sexist and misogynistic politicians-with-tin-ears, I can simply refer you to this post from Uppity Woman, in which she neatly peels the layers of hypocrisy emanating from the Republican Party and the Democratic President when it comes to issues of equal pay for equal work.
I will simply chip in these two cents (they'd be about 2.5 cents in men's wages): Although I'm certainly happy to see the Lilly Ledbetter bill signed into law and although I'm all for applauding real displays of leadership when and if President Obama displays them, his signing of this bill is not an occasion of such leadership. He's said nothing about pressing forward on the larger issue of equal pay for equal work and what the government could do about it. He's ignored calls from every quarter to create anything like a Presidential Empowerment of Woman Advisory Board (PEWAB), such as I have mentioned, or a Commission on Women as has been proposed by WomenCount.
If our Secretary of State realizes the justice and economic good sense of full and equal empowerment of women abroad, how come our President cannot wake up to that goal here at home?