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

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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 Featherst ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 7th 2005 by Basic Books (first published 2004)
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Feb 20, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Inspiring account of real-life women with real-life problems who decide they're not going to be abused anymore; they're going to fight. Reading this makes it impossible to enter a Wal-Mart ever again.
Dec 06, 2007 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This excellent, interview-based book follows the case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the gigantic class-action suit brought against Wal-Mart by its female employees. Journalist Featherstone talks to what have to be a hundred current and former Wal-Mart employees, managers, lawyers, etc. in her effort to get the whole story, and the story isn't pretty. The picture painted is one of institutional discrimination against women on a scale of over a million. The discrimination permeates all levels at Wal-Mart, ...more
McKenzie Richardson
A compelling account of Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in which Featherstone documents the case and provides insight into some of the experiences of the women involved in the case as well as other Wal-Mart employees. Accounts range from sexist wage discrepancies to lack of advertising of job openings to derogatory language and sexual harassment.

This is a very readable book with a lot of information. Featherstone focuses on the case and the people involved, but also rounds out the text with re
Mar 17, 2008 Tieya rated it it was amazing
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WOW... This is something I think everyone should read. This shows you the snowball effect. Very sad, this stuff makes me so mad. I would hope that people would be able to read between the lines and know that what you are told it not always the truth. Not saying that everything in this book is or is not but it will make you think and pass on the news or the book. There is allot on movies and books about this kind of stuff. YUCK!!! I would also like to say that for a very long time I shopped at Wa ...more
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Oct 14, 2008 Lisa Findley rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
It's good to have a coherent argument and a strong file of facts to back up why I don't shop at Wal-Mart and why it's bad for its employees and just about everyone in America. This book makes it easy to understand one major aspect of Wal-Mart's horrendous labor practices, through the prism of sexism, racism, and class exploitation, and how the case of Dukes vs. Wal-Mart highlights those issues and forces some changes within the company as well as within the country's perception of the company. D ...more
Oct 12, 2010 Craig rated it it was amazing
I implore you: do not shop here, ever. Discrimination is so systemic in this company, the only way that things will ever change is if we collectively hit it in the pocketbook and the workers organize. Walmart cloaks itself in this idea of All-Americanism. But how American is it to deliberately hold the worker down? Or maybe the question should be, is that what we want America to be?
Jul 08, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
Journalism and not literature, but definitely compelling. Be forewarned that you will never be able to walk into a Walmart without having an enormously guilty conscience and feeling utterly ashamed of yourself ever again. You will simply have to accept paying full price for your coffee, pepto, and Luna bars somewhere else.
Jan 26, 2010 Joanna rated it did not like it
Eh.. Everyone knows Walmart is "bad". This book just rehashed it. It read more like a thesis paper then a book.
Oct 09, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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Obviously, since this was published in 2005, the status of the case has changed. The fact that Wal-Mart is a horrible place with horrible business practices, though, remains the same.
Oct 28, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it
Liza Featherstone's Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart was read for WST 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies.
Mar 26, 2009 Jess rated it liked it
A very informative and factual book on Wal-Mart. Featherstone has taken a lot of the essays in this book and used them in nationally printed newspaper and magazine articles.
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