Lilly Ledbetter - March 2013

Lilly Ledbetter

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

7:00 p.m.
Plachta Auditorium, Warriner Hall
Public Reception to follow

The tireless advocate for civil rights and author of “Grace and Grit” will share her inspiring stories of pushing forward and rising above adversity.

Ledbetter was the plaintiff in the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. She worked for nearly 20 years as a supervisor at the Alabama Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Through an anonymous note, Ledbetter discovered she was making thousands less per year than men in the same position as her.

Ledbetter consequently filed a sex discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sued Goodyear, and was awarded $3 million in federal court. The U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the lower court’s ruling. Ledbetter tenaciously fought until President Barack Obama signed The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This act, which was Obama’s first official piece of legislation as president, amends the Civil Rights Act so that workers can sue up to 180 days after receiving a discriminatory paycheck.


Audio Recording

An audio recording of Lilly Ledbetter's presentation at Central Michigan University is available for educational purposes to CMU faculty, staff and students.  A CMU ID is required to log in to hear the recording.

>>Click here to Listen to Lilly Ledbetter's presentation


Event Sponsors

Sponsors for Ledbetter’s presentation are CMU Women and Gender Studies, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, CMU Speaker Series, Department of Political Science, College of Education and Human Services, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Office for Institutional Diversity, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, College of Science and Technology, College of Business Administration, College of Communication and Fine Arts, College of Medicine, and Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

For more information, contact Cherie Strachan at (989) 774-3601 or