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Book Reviews Robert R. Kracke Grace and Grit My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond by Lilly Ledbetter with Lanier Scott Isom Crown Archetype, NY, 2012, 279 pgs. First, a disclosure needs to be made: “We had just pulled out of the Th co-author of this autobiography driveway when my cell phone rang. I is Lanier Scott Isom, the daughter-in-law retrieved it from among the scattered of Birmingham Bar Member, Chervis contents in my purse. Mike Quinn Isom. was on the other end; Jon was out of town, and he had some news to Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house tell me. I motioned for Charles her without running water and through hard husband to wait and ran inside to work was promoted into the ranks of man- the den to use the land line. agement at Goodyear over the years. Th is well-written autobiography tells her story “ ‘Lilly, I have to let you know on a personal level, inasmuch as it describes the verdict,’ Mike said in an awful her day-to-day work habits, her marriage, rush of words once we reconnect- and her success in her litigation at the trial ed. ‘We lost. Th Supreme Court ruled e level. Most of us know the story of her ap- against us. I’m sorry.’ peal that reached the Supreme Court of I was quiet for a moment, letting the legal resources for advocacy the United States, resulting in a reversal of disheartening news seep into my bones. of women listing telephone the lower courts’ verdict and opinion. I had really held out hope that justice numbers and internet ad- However, she will become famous in would prevail. ‘I’m sorry too,’ I fi said. dresses of organizations nally such as the ACLU Women’s American legislative history as the name- I thanked him for all he and Jon and Rights Project (co-founded sake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Res- everyone else had done... ” by Ruth Bader Ginsberg) toration Act which became law on Janu- What they had done was obtain and the National Committee ary 29, 2009. A photograph in the book a trial verdict with a jury award of $3.8 on Pay Equity, among others. depicts Lilly Ledbetter at the shoulder of million. Th case was based upon gender It also includes a bibliography e President Barack Obama, surrounded by discrimination against Lilly Ledbetter for further reading and an ex- others who were responsible for the Act because of a disparity in pay received by cerpt from Lilly Ledbetter’s becoming law. males at her same level of management. speech to a 2008 Democratic Th book is of interest to Birming- Th book is complete with a de- Convention. ham Bar members in that one of its own, scription of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Th book is a ready re- Jon Goldfarb, handled the case from Pay Restoration Act, President Obama’s source of information for those beginning to end. His fi Wiggins, speech upon signing the Act, excerpted who wish to pursue gender pay rm, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, invested mil- testimony of Lisa Maatz from a hearing inequality. It can be obtained at lions of dollars in expenses in seeing the before the Congress entitled “Equal pay most bookstores for the sum of case to its bitter end. Mike Quinn broke for equal work? New evidence on the $25.00. the sad news to Ms. Ledbetter as follows: persistence of the gender pay gap,” and 16 Birmingham Bar Association


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