Athens State To Host Equal Pay Day Featuring Lilly Ledbetter

March 6, 2018

The Athens State University chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) Student Organization will be hosting “Equal Work, Equal Pay: Money MATTERS” featuring guest speaker and equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter on Tuesday, April 10. There will be a reception and book signing to follow, along with door prizes and giveaways.

Ledbetter was hired by Goodyear in 1979 as a supervisor. After working there for 19 years, she received an anonymous note revealing she was making thousands less per year than men in her position. Only as she neared retirement did she learn she was being paid significantly less than male colleagues with similar seniority and experience. This letter led her to file a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which eventually resulted in legislation known as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Since then, Ledbetter has received national acclaim for her work in gender discrimination and pay equity, raising awareness of the issue and taking a stand for women across the country. She authored “Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond” in 2013.

This event is offered free of charge due to generous contributions by the Athens State University Livingston Concert Lecture Series, Athens State University Alumni Association, and the national chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW). For more information, please contact Dr. Wanda Humphrey at  or 256-216-6624.

Equal Work, Equal Pay: Money Matters featuring Lilly Ledbetter