Born into a home without running water or electricity, Lilly Ledbetter somehow always knew she was destined for more.
In 1979, Lilly was hired for her dream job in management at Goodyear, one of the first women hired at that level. Nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note saying she was making thousands less per year than men in her position.
Lilly's fight to right this injustice would change her life forever, and make her a true American icon.
Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom (Crown Archetype; February 28, 2012) chronicles Lilly's incredible life, from her humble beginnings in Possum Trot, Alabama, to passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, signed by President Obama in 2009.
When she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, Lilly won—and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again. And yet Lilly continued to fight, her determination becoming a victory for the nation when she became the namesake of Obama's first official piece of legislation as president.
While Lilly is well known for her public fight for equal pay, Grace and Grit is the first time she shares the story of her hardscrabble upbringing, and the details of the daily sexual harassment she faced at Goodyear. Even today Lilly remains a tireless crusader, urging women and minorities to claim their civil rights.