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Obama Visits Women's Rights Park, Presents Copy Of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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US President Barack Obama (L) presents a copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and a copy of the remarks he made during the signing ceremony, at the Womens Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center in Seneca Falls, New York, on August 22, 2013. Obama is on a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania to discuss his plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit shoul | Getty

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- 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.

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