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Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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“Compelling...This story of a lifelong struggle for fairness deserves to be widely read not only as a document of a case so stunningly unjust that it sparked legislative change, but also as an introduction to a remarkable woman who also happens to be an outstanding storyteller .”
—Ms.

“Inspiring….Frank and feisty.”
-Kirkus

“A riveting and inspiring story of a true American hero from Possum Trot, Alabama, who in her own compelling voice tells the story of how she broke down barriers throughout her life, and in the process gave all women in this country the right to get equal pay. A must read.”
—Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center

About the Author

LILLY LEDBETTER was an overnight supervisor at the Alabama Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for nineteen years. She was the plaintiff in the American employment discrimination case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. She lives in Jacksonville, Alabama.
 
LANIER SCOTT ISOM is a writer who lives with her husband and their two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By TrueRed on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I saw Ms. Ledbetter interviewed by Rachel Maddow and ordered the book on my Kindle before the interview was half over. Ms. Ledbetter's ordeal at Goodyear is appalling. The sexual harassment, the vilification, and the unfair pay would be enough to drive anyone over the edge. But not Ms. Ledbetter. She was determined to prove herself, even in that unprovable environment.

I often found myself wondering if those sexist pigs are reading about themselves in her book. I wonder if any of them have the grace to be embarrassed.

Kudos, however, to the the anonymous party who slipped her a note listing her salary as compared to her peers, who earned approximately twice what she did. That started the process that led to a successful lawsuit and a new law.

I have since seen Ms. Ledbetter interviewed on other TV forums. She presents herself well. Thank you, Ms.Ledbetter, for all you are and do.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CelticWomanFanPiano VINE VOICE on April 6, 2012
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This book recounts the odyssey of Lilly Ledbetter, a lady from Alabama who picked cotton in the rural South as a little girl and then grew up to become the spokesperson for Equal Pay for Equal Work. As it turns out, after working for Goodyear for nearly twenty years she discovered that her pay was significantly lower than that of her male counterparts. Many of whom had treated her horrendously throughout her tenure at the Gadsden Goodyear plant. She took her case to court and discovered how mighty the powers of corporate America can be. I'm still reeling from the shock of learning that my law school days trial skills professor, Judge John Ott, initially granted Goodyear's request for a summary judgement in her case. It seems so contrary to his demeanor and decency. And I find that her description of Jay St. Clair, the Goodyear defense attorney, to be very accurate. As he's quite gregarious and friendly, but nonetheless a very economically minded supply side corporate defense attorney. Anyway, her story is a true example of how perseverance for justice can triumph in our country, even when the Supreme Court comes down with such a ridiculous verdict as it did in her case. Since thankfully, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act into law ensuring that future generations won't fall victim to the same type of twisted rulings as Lilly Ledbetter faced on appeal. (Sorry, but in this case one cannot remain unbiased as her story is one of the most solid cases of pay discrimination I've ever heard of.) The book isn't the most fluid read, but it is nonetheless a very informative and a very inspiring read. I found my eyes welling up with tears throughout the book. There are elements of Southern Culture in the book, such as the tense relationship between Lilly and her Mother.Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Renaissance Pro on March 26, 2012
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Lily Ledbetter's Grace and Grit is essential reading for everyone--both women and men. The book accurately portrays the struggle of women to obtain equal pay, equal rights, and equal treatment in the workplace and home. But more broadly, it reveals ingrained attitudes--from blue-collar workers to Supreme Court justices--that "keep women in their place." Perhaps more important, this book portrays a broad swatch of American sociology, as symbolized by Goodyear Tire and its demeaning corporate policies, that is often ignored in media coverage and discussions of American life.

Grace and Grit is well-written (you'll have trouble putting it down), a credit to both Lily Ledbetter and writer Lanier Scott Isom, who deserve the thanks of all Americans for bringing this story to print.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fierce & Fond Reader on March 26, 2012
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This is a well-written, gripping memoir (until you get to the yawn-inducing legal stuff at the end ;-}) of an earnest American woman's life & times: from her childhood to her yearned-for high school sweetheart marriage & adjustments + kids + that crazy isolated too young & not enough money motherhood, on into the '70s when she tries her hand at tax preparation & with her affinity for numbers rapidly rises to office manager & then area manager.

Still, the Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama was THE place most everyone in that area wanted to work at cuz it meant a better, steadier way of life (a myth cuz layoff rumors were frequent & used to keep workers 'in line') even if the process of making tires was a major hazard to workers' health no matter their gender which was, of course, 100% male. However, those males' attitude toward this uppity blonde (who was no ditz... she'd just had no brothers to contend with!) for taking one of their jobs & then expecting to supervise 'em... well... that just wasn't right, so... almost to a man they turned that plant into a gender hostile workplace.

I lost count of all the ways those workers, especially her immediate superiors, made her their hazing, sexual prey upon whom they acted out (with impunity, mind you!) their own perceived fears & frustrations with management, women/wives in general, & orders from higher up.

It took all of Lilly Ledbetter's career there, much of her marriage & most of her health to survive the obstacle course they put her through, even as other supervisors were handing her awards. It all culminated when a worker ahead of her let a piece of machinery close behind him, trapping her beneath it, unable to release herself until he chose.
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