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

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The inspiring 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 always knew that she was destined for something more than what she was born into: a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. In 1979, when Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory, she got the job. She was one of the first women hired at the management level.

Nineteen years after her first day at Goodyear, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. When she filed a sex-discrimination case against Goodyear, Lilly 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. But Lilly continuted to fight, becoming the namesake of President Barack Obama's first official piece of legislation.

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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Starts haltingly, but builds to a detailed and fascinating memoir by a fairly ordinary woman who excels in tenacity. Because of Lily Leadbetter, other women have the continuing opportunity to fight ... Read full review

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If the Supreme Court had not included this case on the short list of cases it hears, if Ginsberg had not been on the court and made public her objection to the verdict against Ledbetter, and perhaps ... Read full review


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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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