AUBURN –Fair pay activist and author Lilly Ledbetter will join the Women’s Leadership Institute at Auburn University this May to celebrate the publication of her new book, “Grace and Grit.” Ledbetter will be the guest of honor at a public book-signing luncheon May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The luncheon is the keynote event of this year’s NEW Leadership Residential Training, during which 30 women from across the Southeast will convene on Auburn’s campus for leadership training. Participants will work closely with experts in an array of fields including nonprofit leadership, volunteerism, environmental, educational and political leadership.
Ledbetter will be the focus of a session called “lead where you are,” in which students will be encouraged to follow her exceptional example and interact with the women’s rights activist.
The Fair Pay Act, named for Lilly Ledbetter, was the first bill signed into law by President Obama, and Ledbetter is the only Alabamian after whom a law is named. Ledbetter pushed relentlessly for the legislation after learning that she had been paid unfairly for years in her managerial position at Goodyear Tire Company. She was initially awarded more than $3 million dollars in damages, but the Supreme Court reversed the decision. When the U.S. Congress picked up the issue, Ledbetter became the national face for wage discrimination issues.
Her book, “Grace and Grit,” recounts Ledbetter’s story from the cotton fields of Possum Trot, Ala., to her historic Supreme Court battle and throughout her struggle to see the Fair Pay Act signed into law. Ledbetter will read from her book and visit with guests during the luncheon.
Tickets are $50 for individual seats and $500 for a table of 10. Seating is limited so guests are encouraged to made reservations immediately by calling the Women’s Leadership Institute at (334) 844-2491.
(Written by Vicky Santos.)