Lilly Ledbetter

Air Dates: March 17-19, 2012

This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Lilly Ledbetter, proclaimed as an American hero by many, who made history when she led a 10-year struggle to end gender wage inequality. Ledbetter was the plaintiff in the American employment discrimination case, "Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co." The first piece of legislation President Obama signed as president was the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, named after Lilly Ledbetter. The bill changes the Civil Rights Act so that workers can sue up to 180 days after receiving any discriminatory paycheck. She has since become a women's equality activist. Ledbetter has been called the “Rosa Parks of wage equity.” This interview provides a glimpse into the tremendous courage it took for this Alabama woman to go up against her former employer Goodyear Tire, a huge corporation, and the difficult struggles that ensued. Severe recriminations and physical threats were leveled against her – her very life was in danger – yet she had the strength to persevere and ultimately change the law so that other women would not have to go through what she had. Lilly Ledbetter is a truly inspiring woman, and one of only 18 women inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. --- QUOTES --- “I told my pastor when I die, I want him to be able to say at my funeral that I made a difference.” --- Lilly Ledbetter “She's long since lost her ability to gain any financial return from her Supreme Court loss, but she is out on the road, fighting hard to make sure our daughters and granddaughters get paid equally for the work they do. She's a special lady, a working class lady, and a fighter.” --- Michelle Obama on "Larry King Live"