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This Day in History14 years ago: Equal Pay Trailblazer Lilly Ledbetter stood beside President Obama

On January 29, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the first piece of legislation of his Administration, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 ("Act"). This law overturned the Supreme Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), which severely restricted the time period for filing complaints of employment discrimination based on discriminatory compensation.

Activist and Author, Lilly Ledbetter: “Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond”

Lilly McDaniel Ledbetter is an American activist who was the plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. regarding employment discrimination. Two years after the Supreme Court decided that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not allow employers to be sued for pay discrimination more than 180 days after an employee's first paycheck, the United States Congress passed a fair pay act in her name to remedy this issue, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. She has since become a women's equality activist, public speaker, and author. In 2011, Ledbetter was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

We are so proud to call Lilly 'one of our own.' You will often see Lilly speaking to a group at HQ and leading rally's for Women's Rights! Young women love Lilly - we ALL do!


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