DeLauro stepped up to the podium at around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday along with a line of House women. Their task: argue why women need to reelect President Barack Obama, as women's issues take center stage in the run-up to the November contest against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Democrats are hoping to maintain a wide gender-gap advantage over Romney excaerbated by some Republicans' (including running mate Paul Ryan's) calls for banning abortion even in cases of rape and incest.


"I'm Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, and we have work to do. America's women still make just 77 cents for every dollar men earn," DeLauro said.


"We've been making progress," DeLauro said. "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to give victims of pay discrimination their day in court, was the first bill President Obama signed into law.


"Now we want to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act: real protections to ensure equal pay for equal work. The Democratic women of the House are committed to closing the wage gap for American families to move America forward," DeLauro said.

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