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Grace and Grit

My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
Ledbetter, Lilly M. (Book - 2012 )
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In 1998, after the author had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note showed her that she made 40 per cent less than her male counterparts. So began her decade-long legal battle for equal pay, a story she tells movingly and frankly. After a hardscrabble childhood in a small Alabama community, she knew a job at the nearby Goodyear plant meant lifelong financial stability. In 1979 as a manager there, she found men reluctant to take orders from a woman, and faced blatant sexual harassment (a performance review ended with a solicitation). She tried to take it in stride, but the stress took a mental and physical toll. Goodyear continually transferred her between departments, citing poor performance, but failed to produce evidence when she requested it. After discovering the anonymous note, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, leading to her landmark discrimination lawsuit under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. While she lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience prompted her to become a spokesperson for equal pay. In January 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a satisfying coda to this inspiring tale.
Authors: Ledbetter, Lilly M.
Title: Grace and grit
my fight for equal pay and fairness at Goodyear and beyond
Published: New York : Crown Archetype, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 279 p. ;,25 cm.
Contents: Possom trot
Marrying Charles
Going to work
Becoming a rubberworker
Lighthearted, lightfooted Lilly
Up to my knees in alligators
Holding the tiger by the tail
Protecting my good name
Ms. Ledbetter goes to Washington
Becoming the grandmother of equal pay
My speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
President Obama's speech upon the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, January 29, 2009
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act
The Paycheck Fairness Act.
Summary: In 1998, after the author had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note showed her that she made 40 per cent less than her male counterparts. So began her decade-long legal battle for equal pay, a story she tells movingly and frankly. After a hardscrabble childhood in a small Alabama community, she knew a job at the nearby Goodyear plant meant lifelong financial stability. In 1979 as a manager there, she found men reluctant to take orders from a woman, and faced blatant sexual harassment (a performance review ended with a solicitation). She tried to take it in stride, but the stress took a mental and physical toll. Goodyear continually transferred her between departments, citing poor performance, but failed to produce evidence when she requested it. After discovering the anonymous note, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, leading to her landmark discrimination lawsuit under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. While she lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience prompted her to become a spokesperson for equal pay. In January 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a satisfying coda to this inspiring tale.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Isom, Lanier Scott
ISBN: 9780307887924
0307887928
Branch Call Number: 331.4215 LED
Statement of Responsibility: Lilly Ledbetter ; with Lanier Scott Isom
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Sex discrimination against women United States History 21st century. Ledbetter, Lilly M. Women United States Biography. Sex discrimination against women Law and legislation United States. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Topical Term: Sex discrimination against women
Women
Sex discrimination against women
LCCN: 2011034579
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