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Ginsburg says equal pay is not yet a reality
05:26 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Nine years after President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with her name on it, equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter still remembers the role Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg played in her landmark case in 2006, saying the justice’s dissent from the majority gives her chills to this day.

Speaking with CNN’s Poppy Harlow and Jeffrey Toobin on the second episode of the new CNN podcast “RBG: Beyond Notorious,” Ledbetter suggested Ginsburg’s dissent from the majority was a sea change moment that helped lead to the eventual passage of her namesake law.

“I get chills and goosebumps today just thinking about it… knowing how fierce she was,” Ledbetter said.

Ledbetter sued her employer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, in 1999 for gender discrimination after discovering that over the course of her 19-year career at the company, she had received lower compensation than her male counterparts. She won the case in federal court in 2003 and was awarded $3.8 million in back pay and damages.

The tire giant appealed and the case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. In 2007, the high court upheld the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s reversal of the lower court’s decision. The Supreme Court ruled that because Ledbetter’s claim was made after a 180-day charging period, she could not sue her employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.

Ledbetter told Harlow and Toobin that she expected to lose the Supreme Court case, in part because of the court’s gender makeup at the time. In 2006, when the case was heard, Ginsburg – the subject of the CNN film