In response to the US Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Wal-Mart yesterday, Equal Rights Advocates, the civil rights group that took the case ten years ago, and other organizations rallied in support of the women of Wal-Mart outside the Supreme Court today. Representatives from Feminist Majority Foundation, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Association of Letter Carriers Union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and over 100 other individuals showed their support for the women employees by chanting and carrying signs.
Arcelia Hurtado, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, stated “Equal treatment in the workplace is a civil rights issue. As with any other civil rights struggle, history has taught us that progress is not always linear; today we may have taken one step back in the court system, but we are confident that we have taken several steps forward in raising awareness about pay inequity and in galvanizing a generation of women who are standing up and saying, ‘Enough is enough! Pay us what we are worth!’”
Rallies are also being held in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and other cities. Equal Rights Advocates has pledged to fight on in seeking justice for these women and is considering other avenues to pursue the fight.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation 6/21/11; Equal Rights Advocate Statement 6/20/11; National Women’s Law Center Press Release 6/20/11