Betty Dukes, greeter of Walmart store #1615, fought for over a million women in the largest class-action lawsuit of American history, Dukes v. Walmart. In 2001, she filed the suit claiming that Walmart management discriminated against women over pay and promotions. In addition to gender discrimination, Dukes alleged that the world’s largest retailer violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case, unfortunately, did not favor Dukes.
“While large businesses exhaled a sigh of relief upon the Supreme Court ruling, advocates for workers warned that the decision would scrap large class-actions and tilt the scales even more in favor of employers.” (@)
The advocates were right. After the ruling, Dukes said that there have been improvements at Walmart. There are now job openings visible to women in a way that they were once were not. There are women in high-ranking positions who weren’t in them a decade ago. Although Dukes is maintaining her new lawsuit that women are still facing discrimination, she said, “A lot of doors opened up for women after the lawsuit.”
We need more fearless women like Betty Duke to fight for gender equality.
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