Lilly Ledbetter to deliver Extraordinary Women Lecture at Auburn

AUBURN – Activist Lilly Ledbetter will deliver the Women’s Leadership Institute’s Extraordinary Women Lecture at Auburn University, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Telfair Peet Theatre. The lecture, “The Lilly Ledbetter Story: Ensuring that Women are Paid Fairly,” will highlight Ledbetter’s historic leadership experience that resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. A reception will follow the talk and the audience will have the opportunity to meet Ledbetter and join the Women’s Leadership Institute’s network.

For 19 years, Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Gadsden, Ala., earning performance awards, but also significantly less money than her male counterparts. Ledbetter embarked on an eight-year quest for equal compensation and a jury agreed that the tire giant had violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A bitterly divided Supreme Court, however, tossed out the decision in 2007 inspiring Congress to step in with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The act was the first major piece of legislation to be signed by President Barack Obama.

Sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, the Extraordinary Women Lecture provides an opportunity to meet and interact with an impressive leader whose accomplishments speak to the infinite possibility of women to achieve extraordinary success in any arena in which they choose to excel. The talk and reception are free and open to all.

For more information, contact Barbara A. Baker, director of Auburn University’s Women’s Leadership Institute at (334) 844-2491 or

(Contributed by Vicky Santos.)

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