Lilly Ledbetter

Equal pay for equal work! Crusader for women’s rights in the workplace and namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.

  • Author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
  • The inspiration behind President Obama’s first bill signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Activist and spokesperson for pay equity
  • In 1998, after Ledbetter had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note delivered to her showed that she made 40% less than her male counterparts. For 10 years, Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages, sparring with the Supreme Court, lobbying Capitol Hill in a historic discrimination case against Goodyear. While she lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience inspired her to become a spokesperson for equal pay.
  • A fight for equal rights in the workplace!
  • Suggested Audiences: Women, Law, College, Keynote, Women’s History Month, Feminism

Lilly Ledbetter Grace and Grit