Obama visits 'Women's Rights' park during bus tour

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Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:20 PM
Obama visits 'Women's Rights' park during bus tour

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama is observing Women's Equality Day a few days early.

He made an unannounced stop Thursday at the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center to present it with a copy of the first bill he ever signed into law — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

Obama passed through Seneca Falls en route to Syracuse, N.Y., as part of a bus tour promoting new higher education proposals.

In making the presentation at the visitors center, Obama said he hoped his gift would be a "modest" contribution to the museum. He said the bill's purpose — to make sure women get equal pay for equal work — is an idea that "the vast majority of Americans believe in."

Women's Equality Day will be observed on Monday.