I, too, loved the story of the woman who walked on stage to the sound of snickering, only to shock and wow them all with the sound of her music. I've also been intrigued by the rising tide of voices proclaiming that, thanks to Susan Boyle, we have learned our lesson: We prejudged her before we heard her sing. She's called dowdy, homely, matronly, frumpy, chubby, frizzy, and more. I think there are several lessons that have gone unlearned. Unlearned Lesson #1: What we still don't see in Susan Boyle's appearance I'm flipping through my collection of clippings, looking for the descriptions of Susan Boyle's appearance.
I have had the advantage of reading in draft the opinion of my noble and learned friend Baroness Hale of Richmond.
(6) The Department of Labor is responsible for— (A) collecting and making publicly available information about women’s pay; (B) ensuring that companies receiving Federal contracts comply with anti-discrimination affirmative action requirements of Executive Order 11246 (relating to equal employment opportunity); (C) disseminating information about women’s rights in the workplace; (D) helping women who have been victims of pay discrimination obtain a remedy; and (E) being proactive in investigating and prosecuting equal pay violations, especially systemic violations, and in enforcing all of its mandates.