Lanier has collaborated with Lilly Ledbetter to write the story of Lilly’s life, leading up to the historic moment on January 29, 2009, the day President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, legislation that nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision saying workers had only 180 days to file a pay-discrimination lawsuit and restores the longstanding interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Right Act passed in 1964. See reviews below.



icon_video WatchLilly on the Rachel Maddow Show, March 5, 2012

icon_video WatchFaces of Change: Lilly Ledbetter’s Equal Pay Story

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter Reflects on Her Story

icon_video Watch The Lilly Ledbetter bill is just the beginning for what the President has done for women

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter on Good Day Alabama WBRC-FOX

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter on the The Tavis Smiley Show PBS

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter on the CBS This Morning

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter on the Hardball with Chris Matthews MSNBC-TV

icon_video Watch an interview with Lilly Ledbetter by The Oklahoma Network March 9 and 16, 2012. Interview begins about 30 minutes into video.

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter Act still dividing Republicans and Democrats April 19, 2012

icon_video Watch Harvard Law School, April 10, 2012

icon_video Watch Equal Pay Day Event at Tulane University

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention 2012

icon_video Watch Lilly Ledbetter on The Colbert Report October 31, 2012



See photos of Lilly Ledbetter and Lanier Isom on book tour



Listen to Lilly Ledbetter – Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond with Joe Donahue

Listen to Lilly Ledbetter on the Leonard Lopate Show

Listen to Lilly Ledbetter on St.Louis on the Air KWMU-FM



Read Lilly Ledbetter wasn’t lazy; she — and all women — just want equal pay, from Los Angeles Times

Read Why I Fight For Equal Pay For Women, from The Huffington Post

From Village Living: It took 19 years on the job for Lilly Ledbetter to learn that the Goodyear plant in Gadsden had been paying her less than men doing the same job as she. It took 10 years of fighting for equal rights in the workforce before she saw any results. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, inspired by Ledbetter’s historic discrimination case. Read full article»

Read Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay for Women, and Toyo Tires

Read Lilly Ledbetter Continues to Bloom

Read Lilly Ledbetter: Accidental Activist, Political Star, an Interview with Lilly in the Washington Examiner

Read Social Injustices Affect Everyone, Equal-Pay Activist Says from The Oklahoma Daily

Read Lilly Ledbetter and her Pay Equity Crusade from

Read ‘Grace and Grit’ Details Lilly Ledbetter’s Fight for Equality from

Read Lilly Ledbetter talks about her book at Agnes Scott College on

Read an Interview with Lanier Isom on

Read Why I Fight for Equal Pay For Women by Lilly Ledbetter and Lanier Scott Isom on

Read Grace, Grit, and Paycheck Fairness – When? on

Read Poll: Who should play Alabama’s Lilly Ledbetter in Movie?

Read Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman who fought for equal pay, will be the subject of Hollywood movie


Reviews of Grace and Grit

From Cleveland Plain Dealer:Lilly Ledbetter and Lanier Scott Isom Write One Woman’s Fight for Equal Pay. Read the full review»

From Kirkus Reviews: Former Goodyear floor manager turned equal-rights activist Ledbetter knew from childhood that she “was going somewhere special.”

However, the Alabama native never dreamed that she would one day spearhead the fight for equal pay for working women. Ledbetter grew up in the Southern backwater town of Possum Trot at a time when women were expected to do little more than find a husband and have children. After marrying at 17, she became a depressed, dissatisfied stay-at-home mother of two. Against her traditionalist husband’s wishes, she took a minimum-wage part-time job, which quickly turned into a full-time office-management position. Still, her success on the job was always tinged with working woman’s guilt: “someone or something was not always tended to properly” at home. At 41, Ledbetter decided to become a supervisor at a local Goodyear plant to help ensure her family’s security. A few of her mostly male colleagues supported her, but she often felt as though she was “a missionary in a strange land, trying to convert [the natives] to a new religion.” The author struggled against hostility, harassment and endless humiliation for almost 20 years only to discover that her male counterparts were making thousands of dollars more per year than she was. For 10 years after that, she pursued bitter anti-discrimination court battles that yielded nothing financially but eventually brought into existence the fair-pay legislation that bears her name. Ledbetter’s story is inspiring, but some readers may wonder why she persisted in a job that, for all its apparent prestige, proved so physically and emotionally damaging to her.

Frank and feisty.

From Publisher’s Weekly: In 1998, after Ledbetter had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note showed her that she made 40% less than her male counterparts. So began her decade-long legal battle for equal pay, a story she tells movingly and frankly with coauthor Isom.

Read the full review from Publisher’s Weekly

From Ms. Magazine: “This story of a lifelong struggle for fairness deserves to be widely read not only as a document of a case so stunningly unjust that it sparked legislative change, but also as an introduction to a remarkable woman who also happens to be an outstanding storyteller.”  —Liz Featherstone, author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart

Read the full review in the March 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine

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