Why I Cannot Vote For the GOP (For Lilly Ledbetter) – Flash Friday 55


Lilly Ledbetter – “It’s About Equality” (From The Washington Post)

Why I Cannot Vote For the GOP (For Lilly Ledbetter)

When I was three-months, my mother started teaching in a county where women with children under one year automatically received reduced pay.  Meaning that new mothers got even less pay than regular women (much less men).

In her/my first year, my mother mentioned me to no one, pretended I didn’t exist.

I exist.


The above (without title) happens to be 55 words (and a lot of suffering) so tell it to Galen, the terrific G-Man.  Lilly Ledbetter is a woman from Alabama who discovered after two decades of employment as a manager with a tire company that she was being paid less than male employees holding the same job.  She brought legal action to recover her lost pay.  After a ten year battle, the Supreme Court told her that her claims were time-barred because she should have sued her employee within six months of the initial pay discrimination (although she did not know of it for two decades.)  The first bill signed into law by President Obama was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which allowed a new statute of limitations to begin with each discriminatory pay check.


I am posting Lilly Ledbetter’s speech at the DNC below.  I found it very moving, as a woman, and also knowing my mother’s (and my) story. 



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18 Comments on “Why I Cannot Vote For the GOP (For Lilly Ledbetter) – Flash Friday 55”

  1. brian miller Says:

    and let me guess it is on the list of repeals should the GOP win…i am sure their corporate backers would much rather have their way…nice k…

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! I don’t know. I thought she (Lilly Ledbetter) made just a terrific speech at the convention. I should probably put the link up. I will in fact. She has this beautiful Alabaman accent and she is a very cool person. k.

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    She didn’t bite her tongue when she gave that speech and every word rang true. Thanks for telling your story–and how horrible to have to hide your child’s existence to keep your pay from being docked! Yeesh.

  3. G-Man Says:

    Your story was moving and fantastic.
    I’ve found that the DNC was filled with passion and compassion. Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton were spellbinding.
    Loved your interesting and tardy 55
    Thanks for playing, I was starting to worry about you. Have a Kick Ass Week-End

  4. janehewey Says:

    yes, you certainly do exist. thank you for posting this speech. She is easy to listen to. The changes we wish to make/see seem so drudgingly slow sometimes… and too often they are thwarted by narrow minds. Here is to a full and valued existence!

  5. David King Says:

    wow, incredibly moving story. In fact, just incredible. Something Dickens might have dreamed up.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Yes, it seems quite incredible to me too. I don’t know if it was something to encourage new mothers to stay at home or if they just assumed they’d be less reliable. They paid them substitute’s pay which was substantially less than a normal teacher’s salary. Of course, people in our neighborhood knew I existed, but my mother did not mention me to any co-worker or person at the school, and once, when someone ran into us at a restaurant, she was petrified and didn’t identify me as hers. Crazy. Of course, it’s many years ago now, and yet not so many either, when you think about it. k.

  6. mona Says:

    that is so sad, and moving….

  7. mona Says:

    I am surprised that such a thing happened till recently in a country like America where all the Rosies the riveters saved the country’s economy after the second world war!

  8. janehewey Says:

    K., I just read The Panther by Rilke for the first time. The substance is breathtaking. The sense of Animal comes through profoundly and the symbolism re. our own captivity is alarming. Can’t help but parallel this with Lilly Leadbetter -and many others- demanding freedom from old and mighty injustices. The poem, the speech, your poem, all inspire me to go deeper in my writing.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Well, thanks so much. He is an incredible poet! Whenever I read him I feel so bad for not really reading German. I know a few words here and there, but he’s just so lyrical as well as so very profound. At least there are a lot of dual page translations. Thanks so much for your kind words. k.

  9. Karin Wiberg Says:

    Well done. I remember being so irritated/appalled/outraged at the court’s ruling. And happy when LL Act was signed.

  10. ds Says:

    No idea where I was when that bill was passed (probably at work–ha!). But I well remember my aunt having to leave her job when she became pregnant with her first child. Not maternity leave, mind you, good-bye. And this was the early 60’s. On the upside, no one has ever dared tell my cousin that she doesn’t exist 😉
    I am glad that you do, too. Thank you.

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