Selling Women Short

The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart

Author: Liza Featherstone

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0786738162

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 9340

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.

False Choices

The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Author: Liza Featherstone

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784784621

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 3195

Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful women in world politics, and the irrational right-wing hatred of Clinton has fed her progressive appeal, helping turn her into a feminist icon. To get a woman in the White House, it’s thought, would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton, as a thousand viral memes applaud her, and most mainstream feminist leaders, thinkers, and organizations endorse her. In this atmosphere, dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. In False Choices, an all-star lineup of feminists contests this simplistic reading of the candidate. A detailed look at Hillary Clinton’s track record on welfare, Wall Street, criminal justice, education, and war reveals that she has advanced laws and policies that have done real harm to the lives of women and children across the country and the globe. This well-researched collection of essays restores to feminism its revolutionary meaning, and outlines how it could transform the United States and its relation to the world. Includes essays from prominent feminist writers Liza Featherstone, Laura Flanders, Moe Tkacik, Medea Benjamin, Frances Fox Piven and Fred Block, Donna Murch, Kathleen Geier, Yasmin Nair, Megan Erickson, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Catherine Liu, Amber A’Lee Frost, Margaret Corvid, Belén Fernández, Zillah Eisenstein, and others. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change

Author: Bruce Miroff,Raymond Seidelman,Todd Swanstrom,Tom De Luca

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0547216386

Category: Political Science

Page: 512

View: 400

With the compelling historic tension between elite and popular models of democracy as a framework, THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE offers a compelling examination of American democracy. From anti-federalism to contemporary social movements, special attention is given to people whose inspirational actions made a difference. Recent events, including Enron, the evolution of the Christian Right, the protests against the War in Iraq, and the Terry Schiavo case, provide relevance and a new perspective on politics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Wal-Mart World

The World's Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy

Author: Stanley D. Brunn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135929130

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 424

View: 311

Now that Wal-Mart has conquered the US, can it conquer the world? As Wal-Mart World shows, the corporation is certainly trying. For a number of years, Wal-Mart has been the largest company in the United States. Now, though, it is the largest company in the world. Its global labor practices and outsourcing strategies represent for many what contemporary economic globalization is all about. But Wal-Mart is not standing still, and is opening up stores everywhere. From Germany to Beijing to Mexico City to Tokyo, more than a billion shoppers can now hunt for bargains at a Wal-Mart superstore. Wal-Mart World is the first book to look at this incredibly important phenomenon in global perspective, with chapters that range from its growth in the US and impact on labor relations here to its fortunes overseas. How Wal-Mart manages this transition in the near future will play a significant role in the determining the character of the global economy. Wal-Mart World's impressively broad scope makes it necessary reading for anyone interested in the global impact of this economic colossus.

The World of Wal-Mart

Discounting the American Dream

Author: Nick Copeland,Christine Labuski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135098506

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

View: 8879

This book demonstrates the usefulness of anthropological concepts by taking a critical look at Wal-Mart and the American Dream. Rather than singling Wal-Mart out for criticism, the authors treat it as a product of a socio-political order that it also helps to shape. The book attributes Wal-Mart’s success to the failure of American (and global) society to make the Dream available to everyone. It shows how decades of neoliberal economic policies have exposed contradictions at the heart of the Dream, creating an opening for Wal-Mart. The company’s success has generated a host of negative externalities, however, fueling popular ambivalence and organized opposition. The book also describes the strategies that Wal-Mart uses to maintain legitimacy, fend off unions, enter new markets, and cultivate an aura of benevolence and ordinariness, despite these externalities. It focuses on Wal-Mart’s efforts to forge symbolic and affective inclusion, and their self-promotion as a free market solution to social problems of poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. Finally, the book contrasts the conceptions of freedom and human rights that underlie Wal-Mart’s business model to the alternative visions of freedom forwarded by their critics.

Equality on Trial

Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace

Author: Katherine Turk

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812248201

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 1108

In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act outlawed workplace sex discrimination, but its practical meaning was uncertain. Equality on Trial examines how a generation of workers and feminists fought to infuse the law with broad notions of sex equality, reshaping workplaces, activist channels, state agencies, and courts along the way.

Wal-Mart

The Face Of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

Author: Nelson Lichtenstein

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595587462

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 349

View: 5335

Edited by one of the nation’s preeminent labor historians, this book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the U.S. and world economy. Wal-Mart is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders that immediately attracted the attention of the national media, drawing profiles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books. Their contributions are adapted here for a general audience. At the end of the nineteenth century the Pennsylvania Railroad declared itself “the standard of the world.” In more recent years, IBM and then Microsoft seemed the template for a new, global information economy. But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, Wal-Mart has overtaken all rivals as the world-transforming economic institution of our time. Presented in an accessible format and extensively illustrated with charts and graphs, Wal-Mart examines such topics as the giant retailer’s managerial culture, revolutionary use of technological innovation, and controversial pay and promotional practices to provide the most complete guide yet available to America’s largest company.

Strike for America

Chicago Teachers Against Austerity

Author: Micah Uetricht

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1781683263

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

View: 6287

The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century—and perhaps for the last forty years—and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more charter schools and tying teacher salaries to standardized testing, among other changes. In 2012, Chicago teachers built a grassroots movement through education and engagement of an entire union membership, taking militant action in the face of enormous structural barriers and a hostile Democratic Party leadership. The teachers won massive concessions from the city and have become a new model for school reform led by teachers themselves, rather than by billionaires. Strike for America is the story of this movement, and how it has become the defining struggle for the labor movement today. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The World Is Flat

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Author: Thomas L. Friedman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374292884

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 488

View: 9463

Offers a concise history of globalization, discussing a wide range of topics, from the September 11 terrorist attacks to the growth of the middle class in both China and India.

Field Guide to the U.S. Economy

A Compact And Irreverent Guide to Ecnomic Life in America

Author: Jonathan Teller-elsberg,Nancy Folbre,James Heintz

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595585699

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 2607

Extensively revised and expanded with the most up-to-the-minute data, this new edition of the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy brings key economic issues to life, reflecting the collective wit and wisdom of the many progressive economists affiliated with the Center for Popular Economics. User-friendly and accessible, the book covers a wide range of subjects, including workers, women, people of color, government spending, welfare, education, health, the environment, macroeconomics, and the global economy, as well as brand-new material on the war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security, the prison-industrial complex, foreign aid, the environment, and pharmaceutical companies.

Birth of Our Power

Author: Victor Serge

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1629630527

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3797

Birth of Our Power is an epic novel set in Spain, France, and Russia during the heady revolutionary years 1917–1919. Serge’s tale begins in the spring of 1917, the third year of mass slaughter in the blood-and-rain-soaked trenches of World War I, when the flames of revolution suddenly erupt in Russia and Spain. Although the Spanish uprising eventually fizzles, in Russia the workers, peasants, and common soldiers are able to take power and hold it. Serge’s “tale of two cities” is constructed from the opposition between Barcelona, the city “we” could not take, and Petrograd, the starving, beleaguered capital of the Russian Revolution besieged by counter-revolutionary Whites. Between the romanticism of radicalized workers awakening to their own power in a sun-drenched Spanish metropolis to the grim reality of workers clinging to power in Russia’s dark, frozen revolutionary outpost. The novel was composed a decade after the revolution in Leningrad, where Serge was living in semicaptivity because of his declared opposition to Stalin’s dictatorship over the revolution.

Rad Dad

Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood

Author: Tomas Moniz,Steve Almond,Jeremy Adam Smith

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 1604864818

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 197

View: 3577

"Today more than ever, fatherhood demands constant improvisation, risk, and struggle. With grace, honesty, and strength, Rad Dad's writers tackle all the issues that other parenting guides are afraid to touch...."--cover, p. 4.

New York Theater Review

Author: Brook Stowe

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411664833

Category: American drama

Page: 344

View: 8748

An anthology of reviews, essays and plays from New York alternative theater, 2005.

Bitch

Feminist Response to Pop Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Feminism

Page: N.A

View: 5954


Students Against Sweatshops

Author: Liza Featherstone,United Students Against Sweatshops

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859843024

Category: Education

Page: 120

View: 9746

This short, punchy, yet sharply analytic book, written by USAS activists and an expert journalist, provides a record of a new mass campaign and a tool for the realization of its goals.

Wal-Mart

A College Curriculum

Author: Elizabeth Cohn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Corporate power

Page: 37

View: 6458


Symposium

Wal-Mart matters

Author: University of Connecticut. School of Law

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 557

View: 3452


Symposium

the low-wage worker : legal rights, legal realities

Author: University of Minnesota. Law School

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 340

View: 755