Women's Equality Day: Obama celebrates a few days early

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - 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.