I’m reading a great book right now. It’s called Grace and Grit, and it’s a memoir by Lilly Ledbetter. Yes, that’s the Lilly Ledbetter for whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named (the first Bill Obama signed as President). The memoir takes you into the world of large corporation factory work, a world I know nothing about. We hear how Ms. Ledbetter had to deal with endless harassment and manipulation, and how she ultimately sued Goodyear Tires and won.
I wrote about this on my Forbes column today, and about the television show, Mad Men. The two are linked, as I see it, because for many women, this sort of institutional and cultural sexism has not ended. So while we may have great laws on the books, we need to change people’s individual behavior as well.
Tomorrow, I will have the good fortune of meeting Ms. Ledbetter. I am so excited. She is the keynote speaker at the NCCWSL Conference, where I will be receiving an award. I am very honored.