SENECA FALLS, New York -- 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.