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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.

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