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“A story she tells movingly and
frankly…[an] inspiring tale.”

Publisher’s Weekly
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“Ledbetter’s story is inspiring…
Frank and feisty.”

—Kirkus Reviews
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Harrowing, gripping
and ultimately inspiring.

—Tavis Smiley, PBS
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“Hers is a thought-provoking profile
in courage as she sought legal recourse, which led to the 2009 equal-pay law. This is an important book for library patrons, as Ledbetter teaches valuable lessons in her excellent autobiography. A mustread.”

—Booklist

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“Ledbetter’s account is shocking and absorbing, and it adds a new dimension to what we know about the grandmother from Alabama who went on to waltz with the president.”

—Elizabeth Bolton, Managing Editor of AAUW Magazine

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“The reader can’t help but cheer throughout the twists and turns of
Ledbetter’s huge discrimination case, which led to the Supreme Court
and a chapter title ‘Ms. Ledbetter Goes to Washington.’ ”

—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond is the story of one woman’s fight for equal rights in the workplace and how it transformed her life and became a victory for the nation.

Lilly Ledbetter was born in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama, into a home without running water and electricity.As a young girl, Lilly always knew that she was destined for something more than picking cotton all day, “trying to fill the sack with clouds.” Lilly dreamed of growing up and leaving behind her life of rural poverty, despite how few women she saw follow that path. In Grace and Grit, she evokes these childhood years and her longing and determination to make a good life for herself: the kind of life she couldn’t help but notice was enjoyed in a neighboring town, New Liberty, by the workers at Goodyear. Finally, in 1979, with two young children, meager savings, and a traditional yet loving husband, Lilly applied and was hired for her dream position in management at Goodyear, one of the first women to be hired at this level.

That’s when the trouble started.

No matter how well she performed in her position, Lilly faced daily sexual harassment, hideous pranks, and an unconcealed reluctance to work alongside (or below) a woman. Still, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change, that her hard work and high performance would make a difference. Instead, the more she achieved, the worse she was treated.

Nearly twenty years after her first day at Goodyear, she received an anonymous note in her mailbox that revealed she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. This was the final straw; she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear and won—and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Incredibly, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck—despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back. And fight Lilly did, becoming the namesake of President Obama’s first official piece of legislation: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.

Read an excerpt of the book here»

 

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