Lilly Ledbetter Speaks
Lilly Ledbetter to Speak at the University of Redlands
Namesake of the Fair Pay and Restoration Act to Speak at the University of Redlands
REDLANDS, Feb. 13, 2013 – The University of Redlands Campus Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Women and Gender Studies and the Redlands chapter of the American Association of University Women will host equal rights activists Lilly Ledbetter on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.
Ledbetter’s appearance comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of The Union address earlier this week in which the President took to the national stage to garner support on this vital issue of equal pay for women, “We know our economy is stronger when we know our wives, our mothers and our daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace.”
Lily Ledbetter was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 19 years before she discovered that she was paid far less for the same work as her male peers were being paid. The lawsuit Ledbetter filed against Goodyear eventually reached the Supreme Court which failed to vindicate her in a disappointing 5 to 4 ruling. While Ledbetter will never receive the money that was denied to her in the many years she worked for Goodyear, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which is named after her, was passed in 2009 so that other women will not have to suffer from such inequity. Ledbetter notes “I’m thrilled that this (law) has finally passed and sends a message to the Supreme Court: You got it wrong.”
Ledbetter is the author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. While Lilly is well known for her public fight for equal pay, Grace and Grit is the first time she shares the story of her hardscrabble upbringing, and the details of the daily sexual harassment she faced at Goodyear. Even today Lilly remains a tireless crusader, urging women and minorities to claim their civil rights.
WHAT: University of Redlands Campus Diversity and Inclusion present Lilly Ledbetter
WHO: Equal Rights Activist Lilly Ledbetter
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: University of Redlands, Memorial Chapel
1200 East Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92373
This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Campus Diversity and Inclusion at 909-748-8297