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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Walmart Women's Rights Blunder

Walmart is the latest to be exposed for its questionable attitudes towards women, thanks to one professor with a long memory and, well, receipts.
Professor Nick Kapur tweeted excerpts from a 1995 Associated Press article published in the Tuscaloosa News about a Walmart store in Miami pulling a T-shirt from shelves. Why? Because they featured “Dennis the Menace” character Margaret, and read, “Someday a woman will be president.” 
According to the article, the store nixed the shirt after a lone customer complained about it. The woman who designed the shirts, Ann Moliver Ruben, noted that a buyer for Walmart told her that the shirt “goes against Walmart’s family values.” (Because the only part of the White House a woman belongs in is the kitchen, amirite? Ugh.)

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Ruben, a Florida-based psychologist said she designed the shirt to have a positive message for young girls. Thankfully, the shirt was later put back on the shelves after a backlash from women’s groups. That was only 21 years ago. Thank goodness attitudes are changing, but Geez Louise, it's a painfully slow process.
Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in American history to be nominated for president by a major political party. The Walmart of 1995 might be oh so offended at such a historical occasion, but that’s the great thing about society moving forward: We can look back on the past and realize just how dumb we were — and how far we’ve come.
UPDATE: Danit Marquardt, new Director of Corporate Communications at WalMart, recently responded with the following statement: “Wow, it still pains us that we made this mistake 20 years ago.  We’re proud of the fact that our country – and our company – has made so much progress in advancing women in the workplace, and in society.” Nice recovery Danit.


  1. This brings back lots of memories ... good and bad ... mostly good , so the good ones is the on;y ones I dwell on ,

    You couldn't expect no better during those times from Walmart and they are not to much better now .
    Walmart was born in the south (Arkansas) where rednecks still think women should be pregnant , barefoot and in the kitchen . Now they are going to make another fortune if Hillary's elected President .
    Good post .

    Glad to see you back
    Love PIC
    PS : Left you a note around 12:30AM this morning .

  2. In spite of Walmart having odd notions,weird people and weirder customers, what would we do without it?
    Thank you for the note
    lotsa love


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