AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Maya Angelou, recent winner of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as part of Auburn’s Women’s Leadership Institute Extraordinary Women Lecture Series.
In anticipation of Angelou’s upcoming visit, the College of Liberal Arts and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will hold “Angelou and the Arts” on Monday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at the museum. The Angelou and the Arts event, which is free to the public, will include a drawing for tickets to the Extraordinary Women Lecture to be held on Nov. 8. This is the only opportunity for the public to access tickets to Angelou’s November lecture.
The Angelou and the Arts event will feature a juried art exhibition and talk by juror Diane Edison, professor of art at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art. The talk will be given in conjunction with the Department of Art’s corridor exhibition titled, “Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: A Juried Student Exhibition of Works on Paper.”
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.