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Women's equality activist Lilly Ledbetter to speak March 31 at MSU

February 26, 2014

Lilly Ledbetter, women's equality activist and namesake of a federal act that addresses equal pay for women, will lecture at Montana State University at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Strand Union Ballrooms. The lecture is free and open to the public.   High-Res Available

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Women's equality activist Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of a federal act that addresses equal pay for women, will lecture at Montana State University at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Strand Union Ballrooms. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ledbetter is the namesake for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law in 2009. The act followed a long discrimination case that Ledbetter filed against her former employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber. The suit began after Ledbetter received an anonymous note informing her that she was making thousands of dollars per year less than her male colleagues in similar managerial positions at Goodyear, even after 19 years of working at the company.

After she retired, Ledbetter filed suit against her former company. For 10 years, Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages in the historic discrimination case. She was awarded a settlement for gender pay discrimination in federal court, although the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately overturned the ruling saying that Ledbetter hadn't met a time requirement for filing her suit.  However, the U.S. Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to loosen the time requirements for the filing of a discrimination suit. President Obama’s first act of business was to sign the Ledbetter Act into law. 

Ledbetter is also an author. Her book "Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond" was published in 2012. The book will be available for sale and signing following the lecture.

Ledbetter's lecture and visit to MSU are sponsored by the MSU Women’s Center’s Shannon Weatherly Lecture Series, the Associated Students of MSU, the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, MSU Advance Project TRACS, the Year of Engaged Leadership, Leadership Institute, Career Services, Office for Institutional Equity, Women’s Faculty Caucus, Voice Center, Diversity Awareness Office, College of Letters and Science, Dean of Library, College of Agriculture, College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Arts and Architecture, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, Vice President for Student Success, Equal Pay Task Force, Bozeman Business and Professional Women, Women’s Foundation of Montana and  the Montana National Organization for Women.

To learn more about the event, go to: http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/11655.

Ledbetter's lecture is a Year of Engaged Leadership event.

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Betsy Danforth (406) 994-3836, danforth@montana.edu