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Aug 22, 2012

The newest video stories added to the growing gallery of groundbreaking women spotlight the first female U.S. Senator from Texas and a manager at a Goodyear plant who has fought to achieve equal pay for women.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first female U.S. Senator from Texas, has also served in the Texas State Legislature and as the state's treasurer. Raised in La Marque Tex., she was one of five women to graudate from the University of Texas-Austin Law School out of a class of 500 people. "It was when I got out of law school that I hit my first brick wall," she says. "Law firms in Texas didn't hire women."

She burst onto the political scene in 1972 when she became the first Republican woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1976, President Gerald Ford appointed her to the National Transportation Safety Board. Though Hutchison strayed from politics shortly after, her professional career did not end there. Over the next decade, she was named senior VP and general counsel for Republic Bank, founded Fidelity Bank of Dallas and eventually purchased McCraw Candies Inc. When she returned to politics in 1993, Hutchison was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Lilly Ledbetter worked as an area manager at Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama, for 19 years. Her crusade to remedy the gender-based pay discrimination she suffered during that time received national attention. Although she never received compensation for the discrimination she faced, Ledbetter fought on to pass legislation ensuring that other women would not have to deal with the same inequities she had. Her activism led to the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 by President Obama.

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