Forget those flowers, keep the chocolate box and don't bother with the romantic restaurant reservation for two. What women really want, according to female House Democrats, is equal pay.
Next week, House Democrats will launch "What Women Need for Valentine's Day." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., previewed what she and others have in store for the month of February on a conference call earlier this week with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Donna Edwards, D-Md., along with "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon and pay equity activist Lilly Ledbetter.
"Stay tuned," Pelosi said. "Next week the House Democratic women will launch an online campaign to highlight what women really want for Valentine's Day. We'll be sending more information on how we can work together to get the message out: When women succeed, America succeeds."
Members of Congress will use social media to outline their Valentine's Day wish list, which, beyond pay equity, also likely will include paid family and medical leave, paid sick days and affordable child care.
Ledbetter pressured Congress to go further on pay equity during this week's call.
"I urge the president and Congress to stop resting on their Ledbetter laurels," she said. "Yes, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a great accomplishment, but the president and Congress should not fall back on that victory every time they're asked about pay equity – as if all the work has been done and equal pay for equal work has been achieved."