If a man and a woman are doing the same job, the woman should make less money. If any worker is going to be promoted, it should be the man, instead of the woman. The Elecpencil works with mostly women. I see how hard they work so I disagree with my two beginning sentences. The funny thing is most of the women in the building where I work say women should make less and that a man should be promoted before a woman. They say this not with their voices but with their actions.
You’ve probably heard that the Supreme Court will be hearing the Wal-Mart V. Dukes case and deciding whether it can go forward as a class action suit or have to be individual cases. It is the largest class-action lawsuit in the history of the United States. More than 1.6 million women who are current and former Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates claim that the largest retailer in the world systematically discriminated against women. These women have a tough case being up against Wal-Mart’s money. Not only that, but also the fact that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, Eugene Scalia, is a partner at Gibson Dunn, the law firm representing Wal-Mart in the case. If we lived in a fair world, Justice Scalia would excuse himself from the case because of conflict of interest. Because his honor is not a man of honor, he sat on the case as a judge. A decision on the case is not expected until June.
Yes, these 1.6 million women are in for the fight of their lives to gain equal pay (and equal promotions) for equal work. They are doing this for all of our nation’s women. As I said, women I work with and women you know have taken actions that convey what Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club did to these women means nothing. They do this on a daily basis when they enter a Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club store. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are on the wrong side of every social justice issue and that should be enough reason not to shop there. The fact that they discriminate against women employees; you would think would keep women from shopping at either store. I’ve tried to tell this to every female I’ve known in the last decade. Their response is something like this, “But Sam’s Club has 3 lbs. of bananas for $1.48.” I answer, ‘Well, locally owned Rulli Brother’s has bananas for $.29 lb. which works out to $.87 for three pounds which is $.61 cheaper. On top of that Rulli’s didn’t charge you from $40-$100 for a membership.
I’ve had women tell me it’s exciting walking around in that huge Sam’s Club with so many items to look at. They all tell me that they are shocked at how much they end up spending at the checkout. That is due to all those impulse item buys. I’m told Sam’s offers huge sizes of products. Tell me the truth, when you buy a 3 lb. jar of dill pickles, don’t you end up throwing out half of it in a few weeks anyway?
So, I don’t really need to hear from women about how men are keeping them down. Women have become their own worst enemy. They’re more than happy to set the clock back on women’s rights all for a double fudge chocolate cake with butter cream frosting from Sam’s or some $39.88 PajamaJeans (as seen on TV) at Wal-Mart. I believe if Judas were alive today he’d spend his thirty pieces of silver at Sam’s or Wal-Mart. In the end Judas hung himself, which is what women who shop at Sam’s and Wal-Mart are doing.
Soon after Judas hung himself Jesus was crucified which is why Christians celebrate Easter. If it’s your holiday, Happy Easter. Please tell me you didn’t get your Easter ham from Sam’s or Wal-Mart.
Support the women in Wal-Mart v. Dukes here.
Fighting for the women of Wal-Mart
The Walton Family that owns Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart shareholder resolutions ignored
The price of Consumerism
Why should a company like Wal-Mart – who made $10 billion last year alone – be able to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their health-care costs? ~ John Sweeney