NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The name of Lilly Ledbetter was brought up several times in the last presidential debate, and on Monday Ledbetter was in Nashville.
The well-known fair pay advocate was in town Monday as one of the guest speakers at Tennessee's Economic Summit for Women. Ledbetter filed suit against her employer, Goodyear, in 1998 when she discovered that she was making less pay than her male co-workers for the same position. The Supreme Court ruled against her, saying her time limit to sue, had expired.
"Over a woman's lifetime, she'll lose initially, something like $431,000. That would buy a home that would educate two children. This is not right and women are not going to do this. This is just an American fundamental right that we all are treated fairly and equitably, that's what the Constitution says," said Ledbetter.
The first law President Obama signed after taking office, was the Lilly Ledbetter law, which extends a woman's right to sue, if she's not given fair pay.