In 1998, after Lilly Ledbetter had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note delivered to her showed that she made 40% less than her male counterparts. For 10 years, Lilly Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages, sparring with the Supreme Court, lobbying Capitol Hill in a historic discrimination case against Goodyear. While Ledbetter lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience inspired her to become a spokesperson for equal pay. Lilly is a crusader for equal pay and women’s rights—equality activist and namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. Lilly is the author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond. Come and meet the inspiration behind President Obama’s first bill signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Information about our theme
Each year, the students of CORE sit down and review evaluations and feedback from the previous year to try and decide on a theme. This year, was an easy choice. As we celebrate our 50th Women’s Symposium, we can’t help but make it a retrospective to acknowledge and appreciate all that we have accomplished and all that we have yet to do still. The official theme is “We’ve Shaped Our History. Let’s Create our Future.” The word choice of “shaped” and “create” is intentional. At many points in history, the power was not up to women to make the change, however, we hope now that are able to create that future that we envision. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we celebrate at Women’s Symposium this year.