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Lilly Ledbetter’s Tireless Fight For Equal Pay And Fairness

Lilly Ledbetter from Random House: Lance Johnson Studio

UPDATE 4/8/14: On Equal Pay Day, Key Facts about the Gender Pay Gap from Pew Research

UPDATE 8/24/13: Obama Touts Fair Pay Act at Historic Seneca Falls Site

UPDATE 6/10/13: 50 Years Ago President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal to discriminate against women based on pay.

Lilly Ledbetter is one courageous fighter. She was at the center of that historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, the first official piece of legislation that President Obama signed into law in 2009.

“You should expect and get a good day’s pay for a good day’s work.”  Lilly Ledbetter 

Lilly has just written her memoir, “Grace and Grit, My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.”  The book is the bold story of her journey fighting for pay equity that took her from Possum Trot, Alabama all the way to the Supreme Court and The White House.

We are so pleased that Stacey Gualandi was able to interview Lilly on The Women’s Eye Radio Show recently.  Here’s an excerpt from her talk with this amazing advocate for fair pay…   [Read more…]

Top 10: Obama’s Half-Sister Auma Obama Speaks at Wheelock College

Auma Obama, half-sister to President Obama

Obama’s Half-Sister Auma Obama Speaks to Packed House at Wheelock College: James Burnett III–boston.com–4/30/12–Photo: Brian Feulner/Boston Globe

Carie Lemack On The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11 And Ending Terrorism

Carie Lemack

UPDATE 9/11/14: Thinking of Carie and her family today

UPDATE 9/10/13: Thinking of Carie and her family on this 9/11/13

UPDATE 9/10/12: Thinking of Carie and her family on this 9/11/12

By Stacey Gualandi/August 12, 2011

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It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since 9/11. I remember a panicked phone call I received that morning from my office. I went to work (for Inside Edition) and covered the events that unfolded, never fully comprehending what had taken place or how the country would move forward from such tragedy.

“My life’s mission is to live a life that my mom would be proud of. And that’s what I try to do everyday.” Carie Lemack

Now as we approach the tenth anniversary, we meet Carie Lemack, one woman who never stopped working tirelessly on behalf of survivors of terrorism and their families.

Her mother, Judy Larocque, was on American Airlines Flight 11 that tragic day. Carie’s devastating loss took her on an unprecedented journey to make sure no one else suffers as she has.

Carie Lemack and kids

Carie visits London school to warn against extremism/2009

In 2009 she formed Global Survivors Network, an organization that helps people directly affected by terrorism to reach out across the globe in hopes of preventing future terror acts. Their first documentary short, “Killing in the Name,” received an Oscar® nomination last year. The film will be making its television debut on HBO this Fall.

UPDATE 9/9/11–“Killing in the Name” about one person’s mission to expose the true cost of terrorism debuts Sept. 14, exclusively on HBO2. It can be seen there on other playdates during September.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary, Carie spoke candidly to me about her loss, her work, and the new face of terrorism… [Read more…]