Book Bash: Important Addendum

March 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm (Awards, Local interest (Baltimore-Washington))

  In my post covering the AAUW Book Bash last month, I inadvertently failed to mention a book that is extremely germane to AAUW’s mission: Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, by Lily Ledbetter.

It started with an anonymous note in 1998. Ledbetter had  been working at Goodyear for nineteen difficult years when a mysterious missive informed her that she was being paid forty percent less than her male counterparts.

How did it end? From the Publishers Weekly review:

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 Ledbetter 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.

The  book jacket states that Ledbetter’s determination resulted in “a victory for the nation.”

Barb C., activist member of the Howard County Branch of AAUW, adds:

The bill is not really about equal pay itself but gives the employee the right to sue about equal pay using the last paycheck rather than the first one. She maintained civility through out the challenges. I have met her at the AAUW conventions. She is a strong supporter of AAUW.

Barb C., Lilly L, and Lisa Maatz, former AAUW Public Policy

 

 

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