Mad Men and Lilly Ledbetter

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.


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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3 Responses to Mad Men and Lilly Ledbetter

  1. Rob Husberg says:

    Beautiful color in the cartoon! …I’m so frustrated, being unable to comment on any of the Mad Men material — whether here or on Forbes. I feel l must be an alien being, never having watched it. (As though I were in a Bradbury short story.)

    Your cartoons are a light & bright force in the fight against sexism. And congrats on your award!

  2. Thanks, Rob! I remember when everyone was talking about the Sopranos, and we didn’t get HBO, so missed it. It was frustrating….so I apologize. But maybe someday you can see Mad Men, as we eventually saw the Sopranos and it was great.

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