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Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart
     

Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart

by Liza Featherstone
 

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ISBN-10: 0465023169

ISBN-13: 9780465023165

Pub. Date: 09/05/2005

Publisher: Basic Books


On television, Wal-Mart employees are smiling women delighted with their jobs. But reality is another story. In 2000, Betty Dukes, a fifty-two-year-old black woman in Pittsburg, California, became the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, a class action, representing 1.6 million women. In her explosive investigation of this historic lawsuit,

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On television, Wal-Mart employees are smiling women delighted with their jobs. But reality is another story. In 2000, Betty Dukes, a fifty-two-year-old black woman in Pittsburg, California, became the lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, a class action, representing 1.6 million women. In her explosive investigation of this historic lawsuit, journalist Liza Featherstone reveals how Wal-Mart, a self-styled "family-oriented," Christian company: Deprives women (but not men) of the training they need to advance. Relegates women to lower-paying jobs like selling baby clothes, reserving the more lucrative positions for men. Inflicts punitive demotions on employees who object to discrimination. Exploits Asian women in its sweatshops in Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth. Featherstone goes on to reveal the creative solutions that Wal-Mart workers around the country have found, like fighting for unions, living-wage ordinances, and childcare options. Selling Women Short combines the personal stories of these employees with superb investigative journalism to show why women who work these low-wage jobs are getting a raw deal, and what they are doing about it. A new preface to the paperback edition will reflect on Wal-Mart's response to this lawsuit and its critics-including this one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465023165
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/05/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: American Goliath1
1Female Trouble13
2"Made in America": The Wal-Mart Culture and Its Promises51
3"An Exceptional Woman": (Non)promotions at Wal-Mart90
4Always Low Wages!125
5Possibilities and Limitations154
6WWJD? Organize Wal-Mart!177
7"Attention, Shoppers!"211
Epilogue245
Afterword261
Notes269
Acknowledgments277
Index279

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