"fighting to make sure women get equal pay for equal work"
and..."missed the time in which to raise the issue".
what's wrong with this picture?
Does anyone think that outrageous bonuses, salaries, compensation given to majority men at higher echelons is fair pay? not to mention equal (only in the sense that they are equal among men, or equal among women). I strongly doubt that the right context can be created to discuss "fair", unless there is a serious discussion about the inequality (and unfairness) of what is paid to the ruling echelon.
I also wonder, if this is a discussion that President Obama often has with Mrs Michelle Obama (or whether this post too, is partisan political).
I would suggest (supply and demand, but in reverse;) an audit and a public fine, of course voluntary at first, and see where the power lies. (this is a democracy, no?) I am Just saying.