Fighting for Pay Equity: A Q&A with Lilly Ledbetter and the Filmmaker Telling Her Story

When Lilly Ledbetter, a longtime manager at Goodyear, discovered her salary was significantly lower than her male colleagues, she took the company to court. While her case was overturned at the Supreme Court, her hard work finally paying off when President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law as his first official act.

Now, Lilly’s life and her case are going to be the subject of “Lilly,” a feature film, directed by Rachel Feldman and starring Patricia Clarkson. Ms interviewed Ledbetter and Feldman about their exciting project.

Lilly Ledbetter’s Fight for Equal Pay Gets the Big Screen Treatment

Across industries, women continue to be paid less than men for the same work—and that’s especially true in Hollywood. Indeed, it appears as if the eradication of workplace sex discrimination may be too fantastical a concept for even the world’s largest creative industry to imagine. But feminist filmmaker Rachel Feldman hopes to change that with a little help from her […]

Locker-Room Secret

Locker Room Secret A review of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond By Liza Featherstone “I was like a wife nursing a nagging suspicion that her husband’s having an affair, with no hard evidence. But now there it was in plain black ink,” writes Lilly Ledbetter, a […]

Four New Laws Wisconsin Women Can’t Afford

It might seem a bad time to repeal equal pay laws when women who graduate college earn $1.2 million less during their lifetimes than their male peers. It might also seem ill-conceived to replace effective sex education with abstinence-only programs while making abortion restrictions tighter. But Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has never been a master […]

The War on Women in the Courts

In 2007, five men on the Supreme Court told Lilly Ledbetter that she was out of luck. Ledbetter, after two decades working as the only female supervisor at a Goodyear tire plant in Alabama, had sued her employer for wage discrimination–she had discovered that for all those years she had been paid less than male […]

Deck the Hall With Awesome Women

So maybe the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., doesn’t have red-carpet glitz or high-tech razzle-dazzle. But every other year, this home-grown organization brings hundreds of people to the little upstate New York village that was once home base for 19th century reformers and is now a bedroom community for nearby Syracuse […]