Lilly Ledbetter's crusade for equal pay didn't start out as a public or political fight: it was strictly personal. But that soon changed after Ledbetter's legal battle for pay equity against a national tire company was eventually reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and overturned on a technicality. That's when the Alabama native began her real battle to end pay discrimination. Ledbetter didn't stop until the legislation that bears her name, "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act of 2009," was signed into law by President Barack Obama — his first piece of legislation after taking office. Ledbetter will give the keynote address at the Alabama Women Student Leaders Conference (ALA-WSL pronounced "ala-whistle") at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Friday, April 4, at 5 p.m. The conference is organized by the AAUW-Huntsville Branch and is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity and the Women's Studies Program. Additional sponsors for Ledbetter's appearance include the UAH College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, and the Women's Economic Development Council.