Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly Ledbetter

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Read Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond Online Free - The courageous story of the woman at the center of the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act--her fight for equal rights in the workplace, and how her determination became a victory for the nation.
Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. She knew that she was destined for something more, and in 1979, Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory. Even though the only women she’d seen there were secretaries in the front offices where she’d submitted her application, she got the job—one of the first women hired at the management level.
Though she faced daily discrimination and sexual harassment, Lilly pressed onward, believing that eventually things would change. Until, nineteen years later, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position.  Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she 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: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck--despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back.
And fight Lilly did, becoming the namesake of President Barack Obama's first official piece of legislation. Today, she is a tireless advocate for change, traveling the country to urge women and minorities to claim their civil rights.  Both a deeply inspiring memoir and a powerful call to arms, Grace and Grit is the story of a true American icon.

Title : Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
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ISBN : 0307887928
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2016

This is one of those books that leaves you struggling with whether to rate it based on the quality of the writing or on the story itself. I chose the latter. Lilly Ledbetter went to work for Goodyear tires in 1979, and although that may seem fairly recent along the timeline of the women’s equality...

Paula rated it ★★★☆☆

April 07, 2012

This is the infuriating, and then semi-triumphant, tale of Lilly Ledbetter, the woman whose epic quest to recoup the pay that was owed to her by Goodyear eventually inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. My only fear is that this will be turned into a movie and, because the heroine is...

Kelly rated it ★★★★☆

September 03, 2012

I absolutely cried while reading this one.

Judy rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

Amazing true story of Lilly Ledbetter and her fight for equal pay for women. She is truly a remarkable woman.

Phyllis rated it ★★★★☆

December 12, 2013

I read "Grace and Grit" because it is on the United Methodist Women's Leadership reading list and we will be discussing it in January. I thought it might take a while to read but found that it was a very interesting and easy read. I highly recommend this book to all women and girls starting out i...

Victoria rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2012

Lilly Ledbetter has lived a hardscrabble life. Her desire for working hard as the men doing the same work at Goodyear was met with derision and hostility. She persevered for 19 years thinking if she kept doing her best she would when over the men who didn't think women could do the job. She found...

Amanda rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2017

This book was very poignant. As expected, I learned a lot of interesting stuff about Lilly Ledbetter. I heard her name in passing before, but I've never knew anything about her. The discrimination and harassment she endured was unimaginable. If I endured half of the stuff she did, I don't think I...

Jane rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

Discrimination I was trans fixed by this book. I too worked at a job where women were not considered good enough to do the work. So much of it was familiar. But I never had the strength Lily had. It is good that a woman finally stood up for equal pay and that one Supreme Court Justice dissented in...

Robert rated it ★★★★★

May 15, 2017

Another book to make me angry and damn white men who think they are the only humans living in this world. It also reminds me of how much I miss a President with integrity and the ability to speak complete sentences.

Angie rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

Incredible story about an inspiring woman. Writing was good enough to keep me reading. Worth the time.

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