Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering Teddy

Thank you for all the work you did Senator Kennedy, as the principle sponsor of more landmark legislation than any other Senator in U.S. history, and for leading the fight in historic legislation for women's rights, civil rights, and human services, including:

The Equal Rights Amendment Extension Act of 1978, which provided more time to pass the ERA.

Minimum wage laws that impacted women.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibited discrimination against pregnant women and revered the Supreme Court decision that permitted discrimination against women in the workforce.

The Civil Rights Restoration Act, which restored the scope of Title IX and reversed the Grove City Supreme Court case that had gutted Title IX.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), which protected reproductive health care providers.

The Family Medical Leave Act, which provided 12 weeks unpaid job-protected leave to workers for newborn care, adoption or faster care, or illness of the worker or her/his spouse, child, or parent.

The Civil Rights Act of 1991, which provided to women workers the right to collect damages in sex discrimination cases.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which reversed the Roberts Supreme Court decision that gutted the ability of women workers to sue for wage discrimination.

Numerous health care measures including stem cell research, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Mental Health Parity Act, and reproductive health funding.