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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 .”
“Inspiring….Frank and feisty.”
“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
LANIER SCOTT ISOM is a writer who lives with her husband and their two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw Lilly Ledbetter talking about her life on TV. She peaked my interest. I liked her book. She does have grace and grit, but her energy is what I most admired. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M.
A woman’s life working in a plant is different than a man’s the minute she walks in the door because of what she is. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Isabella Roland
Just finished this book yesterday; very quick read. Enjoyed it, but thought it got a bit too political the last few chapters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mary Arnold
It is still hard for me to accept that our courts did not support Lilly 100% and misinterpreted the equal work equal pay idea. The constraints they put on this law are ridiculous! Read morePublished 14 months ago by E.S. Shaffer
I had the pleasure of working with Ms Ledbetter at Goodyear!! She is a gutsy lady!!Published 15 months ago by Alan C. Hayes
I was a union maid when I worked and I'm here to tell you, Lillly Ledbetter is a wonder. The story of her efforts for women in Unions will make you cry and feel proud all at once. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Louise Power
Her book is why I no longer buy Goodyear tires for our household. I can not support a company that treated anyone woman or man and in this case woman they way they did. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris W.