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March 26: Fair Pay Trailblazer Lilly Ledbetter

Ledbetter is featured speaker for 9th annual Carol Ortman Perkins lecture.

2013-03-27
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-26-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Lilly Ledbetter (pictured at right), namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act that was signed into legislation Jan. 29, 2009, is the featured speaker for the 9th annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Ledbetter worked as a supervisor from 1979 to 1998 at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Gadsden, Ala. She one of the first women hired at the management level at Goodyear and faced gender discrimination and sexual harassment on a regular basis.

After 19 years of service at the company, she received an anonymous note revealing she made of thousands of dollars less per year than men in her position. Ledbetter filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won, but then lost on appeal. Eventually her case made its way to the Supreme Court, which denied her relief because she did not file suit 180 days from her first unequal paycheck.

“President Obama has long championed this bill and Lilly Ledbetter’s cause, and by signing it into law, he will ensure that women like Ms. Ledbetter and other victims of pay discrimination can effectively challenge unequal pay,” said the official White House Blog. (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/01/25/now-comes-lilly-ledbetter)

Read more about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 or watch President Obama sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Ledbetter’s Minnesota State Mankato visit is sponsored by the following organizations: Women’s Center; the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; Institutional Diversity; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Social and Behavioral Science; the Inter-Faculty Organization Issues Committee; Residential Life; the College of Graduate Studies and Research; Inter-Faculty Organization; Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; the College of Education; the College of Business; and Panhellenic Council.

For more information, or if your group or department is interested in co-sponsoring this lecture, contact Jessica Flatequal by phone at 507-389-5792 or by email at jessica.flatequal@mnsu.edu. Information is also available at www.mnsu.edu/wcenter/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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