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Selling Women Short

2005 non-fiction book by Liza Featherstone

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Just one of a plethora of reasons why I never shop at Wal-Mart.

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It matters not whether you are a liberal like author Liza Featherstone or a dyed in the wool conservative concerned with holding down government spending.   "Selling Women Short:  The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart" presents an abundance of evidence that should persuade an awful lot of Americans to spend their hard earned dollars anywhere but at Wal-Mart.   Citing testimony from dozens of present and former Wal-mart employees, Featherstone describes how the company has systematically underpaid its female employees while at the same time denying promotions to many qualified women who wish to advance in the company.   And to be sure these practices have dire consequences for many women trying to eke out a living on the meager wages Wal-Mart pays them.   And as I indicated, conservatives will not be too happy either when they learn that Wal-Mart routinely encourages its underpaid employees to take advantage of government programs!   Featherstone cites Wal-mart documents that actually instruct employees on how to apply for Food Stamps, state health insurance for the poor and other welfare programs.  How do you like that Mr.& Mrs. Taxpayer?   You are being forced to subsidize the worlds largest retailer.   Add to that the huge tax breaks many towns and municipalities give to Wal-Mart and the true story of how this hideous company does business begins to emerge.

"Selling Women Short:  The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart" only reinforces what I have long believed about Wal-Mart.   It would be a cold day in hell before I would ever shop at one of their stores.  But I am lucky because I can afford to make that choice.  Many individuals struggling just to get by don't have that luxury and that is the crux of the problem.  When Wal-Mart comes to town it forces a great many smaller businesses to close leaving Wal-Mart practically the only game in town.  And those businesses that do remain often cut wages and benefits for their employees just to compete with Wal-Mart.  It is a lose-lose situation for just about everyone but Wal-Mart. Throughout her book, Liza Featherstone references the landmark class action suit Dukes vs. Wal-Mart.   It is a fascinating case and there is an awful lot at stake.   Reading "Selling Women Short" is a great way to get up to speed on this extremely important issue.    Recommended.
Walmart Just one of many reasons why I will never shop at Wal-Mart.

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January 25, 2009
I definitely need to pick up this book ... I definitely shopped at Wal-Mart during my college days (I would really have to contribute it more to the fact it was open 24 hours) , but now I seriously avoid it like the plague. And it is crazy to think so many people cannot avoid shopping there (such as WalMart employees who can't afford to shop anywhere else on their meager wages!!!). I just read "Nickel and Dimed" and cringed during Barbara's experience working at Wal Mart because I could only imagine what it was like to work for that factory soul sucking corporation ........ Thanks for the rec! ( I wrote it on a post it on my computer this time so I won't forget!)
 
November 28, 2008
Another great review and another book sold! I've been anti-WalMart forever, and haven't stepped foot into one of their stores for years. It's like stepping into a third world country. And woe to the people who are forced to shop there for financial reasons because the products they sell wear out or break way too quickly. You get what you pay for.
 
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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.

Liza Featherstone is a freelance journalist whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, and the Washington Post, among other publications. ...

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ISBN-10: 0465023169
ISBN-13: 978-0465023165
Author: Liza Featherstone
Genre: Company Profiles, Labor & Industrial Relations, Retailing, Workplace, Labor Policy, Labor & Employment
Publisher: Basic Books
Date Published: September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
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