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Walmart Facing Biggest US Sex Bias Suit

Thursday, February 15, 2007

From Reuters .

Here's the quote I find most interesting:
"Not everybody wants to be a Wal-Mart manager," he wrote. "Those women who want to be managers may find better opportunities elsewhere."
While this seems a bit callous on first examination, if you ponder it a bit it's easy to see what he's talking about. A job at Walmart is not the apex of a young go-getter's career. If you're a woman and you're qualified to be a manager, you can probably do quite a bit better than Walmart.

Take the high tech industry. The ratio of men to women in high tech is about 10 to 1. It's just a fact that more geeks are guys. But look at the distribution of the sexes at any of the desirable, large tech mega-companies and you'll see about a 50-50 split between men and women. Why is that? It's because women are highly sought after in tech (HR wants those quotas filled) and they gravitate towards the good jobs. It's not that the smaller tech companies discriminate against women, it's that they can't hire them because the women would rather work at a large, successful company that has a cafeteria and huge benefits.

I suspect the same thing is going on at Walmart. If a woman is store manager material, she can get a better job than working at Walmart.


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