Lilly Ledbetter Extraordinary Women Lecture

Lilly Ledbetter Extraordinary Women Lecture

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Barbara Baker says:
June 22, 2011, 10:31 AM

Given the Supreme Court's decision in the Walmart case, it's time to reexamine the Paycheck Fairness Act. Watch one Alabama women who took on the fight and stood up for all women.

Elizabeth Orantes says:
September 20, 2011, 10:59 PM

WOW! What an amazing woman! She has motivated me to want to accomplish so many things in life. Never settle for what you think is what will happen, settle for what you think CAN happen! She showed so much courage and enthusiasm to get the law changed. What I love about her is that she wasn't even doing it for herself, she was doing it to protect future people that could be in her situation. I can't wait to meet her on October 13th!

Barbara Baker says:
September 21, 2011, 11:42 AM

You will love meeting her. She is a great woman, and really fun to talk to.

Megan Haynes says:
September 21, 2011, 6:47 PM

When you look up dedication, determination or perservance in the dictionary, Lily Ledbetter's picture should be beside them. This woman from Gadsden, AL, which is only 30 min. from my hometowem, took her case all the way to the top. Her story hits so close to home for me that there is no way i can ignore it. She lost her case but did not give up her fight. Even though she would not get anything out of it, she kept pushing the issue of equal pay because it meant something to her. Because of her determination to help other women, we are SO much closer to earning that full dollar of equal pay.

Patti Northcutt says:
September 21, 2011, 10:13 PM

Thank you Lilly Ledbetter for your outstanding bravery and willingness to stand up for the women of America and do for us what many of us are unable to do for ourselves!

Lauren Gentry says:
September 21, 2011, 10:44 PM

It is amazing to consider what Lilly Ledbetter has accomplished for women, and for anyone else who has ever been discriminated against in the workplace. By fighting for the Fair Pay Act, even after her own case was denied, she showed that through perseverance and passion, one person really can make a difference in the world.

Whitney Bonham says:
September 21, 2011, 11:07 PM

Lilly Ledbetter is a phenomenal woman! Even after all of the adversity she faced, she continued to press on to help make things right for the next generation. It just shows how much humility and how unselfish her motives were. It makes me proud knowing that she's an "Alabama girl" like myself. It's very empowering to listen to her story and makes me consider what I can do to improve the lives of others.

Adrien Neel says:
September 21, 2011, 11:16 PM

I love a good North Alabama accent. Mrs. Ledbetter is one brave woman and she is to be commended for having the courage of her convictions. Looking forward to hearing her speak.

Nina-DeJohn Robinson says:
September 22, 2011, 1:01 AM

Lilly Ledbetter is such an inspiration to workers--male and female and to all walks of life. She exemplifies the definition of change. You have to be a strong leader to have courage to speak up for what you believe is right when others are not willing to hear. One thing that caught my attention was when she said that she was able to do all of the most demanding jobs. I believe that as a women or any person in the face of adversity, it is important you are able to keep moving forward, positively. Another interesting aspect of her speech was how unequal pay really affects your social security over your lifetime. This was something that she passionately fought for because she understood its significance.

Katelyn Cowser says:
September 22, 2011, 10:12 AM

I find Ledbetter's story is something that we can all relate to. I doubt that there is a single person out there who hasnt been discriminated against for some reason or another. Ledbetter just proves that with determination and a strong will anything is possible.

Alyson Cason says:
September 22, 2011, 11:09 AM

Lilly Ledbetter's story breaks my hurt. I hate that she had to experience what she did, but she is the reason why I feel so blessed. I think every woman in America should thank her for what she has done for us! She is still standing for us today and will continue to throughout history because of the law that Obama signed with her name on it! I wish to have as much courage as her when I am officially in the real world where discrimination does take place.

Emily Copeland says:
September 22, 2011, 12:38 PM

I cannot believe that she was sometimes even paid below the minimum for the jobs she was working! She makes it very clear how little the Supreme Court's decision made sense. It also shows how important it is for women to stick together - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act might never have been passed if Justice Ginsburg had not backed Ms Ledbetter up by writing a dissenting opinion. On the other hand, however, it bothers me that she was asked to back a cake, make coffee, etc. Would they have asked a man to bake a cake during an interview? Something to think about...

Jessica Tollison says:
September 22, 2011, 1:01 PM

Lily Ledbetter is an unmatchable leader. She fought for other women even though she couldn't fight for herself. She is such a real woman and never thought she would be the woman who she is today. She has touched so many lives and that is just amazing. Thanks to her, we are a little more equal than before. Thanks to her, we have a fighting chance. Also, Thanks to the female justice who stuck beside her fellow woman and didn't let men keep her voice hidden.

Anna Katherine Harden says:
September 22, 2011, 1:49 PM

I admire her independence and drive to never give up no matter what. Even though she lost so much money, she devoted her life to help others and make sure her problem never happened to anyone else. She has contributed so much to bringing awareness to discrimination that is so very present in our world. I love how honest she is about who she is and what she's been through. She could easily be bitter and blame others for her situation, but she is so strong and has such a good attitude, which is something I need to learn to do.

Mercedes Linton says:
September 22, 2011, 2:20 PM

I remember attending this lecture, and each time I hear this story I am amazed once again at the passion this women had for this cause. Even though she knew that if the law was changed it still would not help her in the future she continued to work hard and pursue this because this is something that she truly believed in. Lily Ledbetter probably never knew that she would become the poster child for this cause. She simply thought that this was just another case. This is an example as you never know how powerful your cause, passion, or strength can be. She believe in equal pay and because of her the law was clarified.

This woman lost over 3 million dollars, but she never gave up. That is what I call drive! I also agree with Emily, you are speaking to this woman about her campaign why ask her to bake a cake or make coffee if this was a man would you have asked him to mow the lawn. Were they trying to bring in the typical old-fashioned woman into the picture when they were creating the story instead of diving right into a passion driven woman that wanted to take on Congress.

Angel Garrison says:
September 22, 2011, 2:23 PM

Lilly Ledbetter is an amazing example of how women should be. She continued to pursue her cause even though no matter the outcome it wouldn't change how it had affect her. I admire the courage and determination it took for her to continue pushing and pushing for equality between men and women in the workplace. I think it takes a wonderful soul to do what Lilly Ledbetter did.

Amanda Weir says:
September 22, 2011, 2:43 PM

This woman is the living example of the David and Goliath story! She took on what I consider HUGE giants: Goodyear, the Supreme Court, the Legislative branch, and SOCIETY. Also, she did all of this not for her own gain, but for US AS WOMEN! She handled the situation courageously, and truly heroically. She is a hero in my eyes. She defied everything that she was told and took the matter in her own hands. I am grateful that we as women have people like her to represent us. She makes me VERY proud to be a woman.

Patti Northcutt says:
September 22, 2011, 2:45 PM

Thank you to Sue Bell Cobb for your leadership in the state of Alabama!

Haley Findley says:
February 15, 2012, 5:28 PM

Lilly Ledbetter shows that just one person can stand up for what they think is right and be able to make a change. As she talks about her experience it shows that it is not easy, but by taking this risk on herself she has benefit so many other women and made a significant change in how people view the topic of unequal pay for equal work. By taking a risk and putting herself on the line she has brought light to an issue that may have otherwise been overlooked.

Alex Holmes says:
February 15, 2012, 9:33 PM

Lilly Ledbetter is the definition of courage. Hearing her story about everything she has gone through is truly remarkable. One thing that did bother me was that the freelance people were so set on her doing things in the kitchen. They would have never asked a man to pretend to bake a cake because that would just be silly. They listened to her talk about how unfairly she was treated in her workplace because she was a women, but they basically did the same thing by asking her to do something they would have never asked a man to do.

Brianna Allen says:
February 15, 2012, 10:11 PM

Lilly Ledbetter is a prime example of just how influential one female leader can be in the community. She stood up for what she thought was right no matter how many people tried to silence her. It hit close to home when she said it's sad how people don't get enough retirement because I know of people who currently do not have enough retirement to support themselves after they have worked so hard their entire life. This video just goes to show that a single person can make a very dramatic change.

Megan McCarver says:
February 15, 2012, 10:32 PM

What stuck out to me the most about Lilly Ledbetter is how fearless she was throughout all her trials. She probably had many doubts and fears that she would never make a difference in the way that women get paid, but she never gave up. I admire this quality of hers the most, and I believe that all women--and people in general--need a fearless leader to look up to. Way to go Lilly!

Cara Eiland says:
February 16, 2012, 11:23 AM

This is a factor that most women have conflict with, men being payed more than women in their jobs. Thanks to the women who stated this issue and resolved it, we have the right to justified payment, whether man or woman.

Alex Terrell says:
February 16, 2012, 12:10 PM

This video was so inspiring to step up and step out. I feel like I have two things in common with Lilly Ledbetter that can sometimes have a negative impact on my life, we have a country accent and we're women that desire change. Sometimes I feel like those two characteristics can make others feel as if I'm not as powerful as the next person, but Ledbetter definitely gave me a new outlook on putting myself out there. I thought it was neat to hear how she lost her case but still kept pressing on and telling others about what she went through fighting for higher pay. She was strong-willed and determined to make a difference and find a change even if it does mean having the courage to fight a battle against someone with more power than you. I really enjoyed the video and was truly inspired by her determination and courage to get equal pay for equal work.

Rebecca Estes says:
February 21, 2012, 10:45 AM

Lilly Ledbetter is such a strong woman! It is so encouraging to see women like her face battles head on. I am so thankful for women who stand up for their rights. I am thankful for Lilly Ledbetter and women like her for paving the way to a better future for women's leadership.

Hannah Neuffer says:
February 21, 2012, 10:28 PM

I found it astonishing that when Lilly first began working she was only given 180 days to file a complaint about unequal pay. How was she supposed to know if she was being treated fairly or not. I admire her for taking the necessary steps to make things right and to have the courage to persist with her goal of having fair pay for women.

Sophie Roth says:
February 22, 2012, 12:17 PM

Everyone should be aware of Lilly Ledbetter’s story. What a strong determined women who is an inspiration for all.

Callie Ward says:
February 23, 2012, 12:00 PM

We can all only hope to encompass the amount of courage and strength that Lilly Ledbetter possesses. Discrimination is all around us, and the fact that Lilly stood up for what she knew was wrong when all odds were against her exemplifies the type of person she is. Not only is she an extraordinary example of what a women leader should look like, but she is funny as well. One of my favorite lines from her speech is, "I just lost 3.8 million dollars and you want me to make a cake? I don't think so!" Girls everywhere should watch this video to get a glimpse of how incredible her story is.

Sarah Beth Worsham says:
February 23, 2012, 12:16 PM

Lilly Ledbetter's story is inspiring and an example to follow. She tackled an issue head on that had never been addressed for. She clearly communicates with us that if we don't acknowledge discrimination is happening, a company can treat you as a second class citizen. As women with a voice, we must continue to take a stand on this issue to ensure a better future with more equal pay and opportunities, just as Lilly has done for us.

Emily Gray says:
February 23, 2012, 12:30 PM

I love this story!! One of the best parts is that Lilly Ledbetter is a working class lady, just seeking justice!! Even though she was told no so many times, Lilly has a spirit that will not quit. She can be an inspiration to so many, not just women.

Lilly is also an exceptional woman leader because she demonstrates thinking differently so well! As Marie Wilson discussed that our society needs to think differently, Lilly Ledbetter did, and made a huge societal change! When her male peers and bosses told her to stop thinking about equal pay, when the Supreme Court ruled against her, Ledbetter never changed her beliefs because of how society thinks! We all need to learn from Lilly Ledbetter that just because "its the way its been done for so long" doesn't make it right!!

Abby Allen says:
February 23, 2012, 12:42 PM

This is an amazing story! She is a prime example of an outstanding leader! She was a very determined women and she never gave up or took no for an answer! She is a very inspiring women. Her story also shows us that we can accomplish so much more if all of us women work together.

Salora Wright says:
April 24, 2012, 7:27 PM

Lilly Ledbetter is a true inspiration. Her story is a perfect example of the level of change one person with a cause can inspire.


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