Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

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Crown Archetype, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
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The courageous story of the woman at the center of the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act--her fight for equal rights in the workplace, and how her determination became a victory for the nation.

Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. She knew that she was destined for something more, and in 1979, Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory. Even though the only women she'd seen there were secretaries in the front offices where she'd submitted her application, she got the job—one of the first women hired at the management level.

Though she faced daily discrimination and sexual harassment, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change. Until, nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won—and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck--despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back.

And fight Lilly did, becoming the namesake of President Barack Obama's first official piece of legislation. Today, she is a tireless advocate for change, traveling the country to urge women and minorities to claim their civil rights. Both a deeply inspiring memoir and a powerful call to arms, Grace and Grit is the story of a true American icon.
  

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Review: Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

User Review  - Sue Jackson - Goodreads

The story of Lilly Ledbetter was and still is remarkable. It is the story of a woman who worked for years at Goodyear yet made significantly less money than the men in the same or similar jobs. I wish ... Read full review

Review: Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

User Review  - Elaine Brown - Goodreads

This book is about the woman behind the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. She worked at Goodyear almost 20 years and was payed 40% less than the men doing her same job. Plus she had to put up with so ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Becoming the Grandmother
222
My Speech at the 2008 Democratic National
239
The Paycheck Fairness
249
FURTHER READING
270
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

LILLY LEDBETTER was an overnight supervisor at the Alabama Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for nineteen years. She was the plaintiff in the American employment discrimination case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. She lives in Jacksonville, Alabama.

LANIER SCOTT ISOM is a writer who lives with her husband and their two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

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