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Equal Pay Advocate Lilly Ledbetter Speaks at Convention

May 13, 2021

GFWC is honored to have Lilly Ledbetter speaking at the 2021 GFWC Annual Convention. Born and raised in Alabama, Lilly Ledbetter spent more than a decade fighting for pay equality – a fight that eventually led her to the nation’s capital.

Ledbetter’s journey for pay equity began in 1979, when she took a job at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Gadsen, Alabama, and became one of the first women to be hired at the management level. However, nearly two decades after her first day with the company, she received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her same position. This devastating realization led to Ledbetter filing a sex discrimination case against Goodyear. Although she lost on appeal, she saw her case to the Supreme Court. Once again, though, the court did not rule in her favor. Despite the loss in court, Ledbetter continued to fight, and eventually became the namesake of Barack Obama’s first official piece of legislation as U.S. President. She now continues to travel the country urging women and minorities to claim their civil rights. In 2011, Ledbetter was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Lilly Ledbetter will speak during the “Gateway to the World” Celebration Banquet on Friday, August 27.

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