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Wal-Mart's Karmic Lesson for Women

Class action lawsuit makes HERSTORY!

by Darka Dusty

Wal-Mart is reminding us of a painful karmic lesson! Ask and you shall receive. Or maybe not. But speaking up and asking for what you're worth is just about as important as actually getting it. And one day, we WILL get it. But the buck stops here, with each of us.

The attention being generated from the class action suit against Wal-Mart is a reminder that the road to gender equality is as winding as it is long. It's a karmic missionthat may never end, and the work starts from within. Women systematically undervalue themselves and underestimate their own abilities. We live in a society where we still encourage boys to succeed more than girls. What message is this sending to our daughters? What do women need to do to reinforce their self esteem?

The case against Wal-Mart has been moving through the courts for ten years. What started with one bold California employee complaining that Wal-Mart was promoting men to better positions with bigger salaries has led to the class action suit against the retail Goliath. The women who bonded together found their strength in big numbers and collected a host of good Karma by fighting for their rights. No matter what the outcome is in the high court, every woman can find inner strength and confidence by building their own self worth.

Cultivating self-worth is about asking for what you want. As women around the world juggle families, jobs and lives, they need to remember to tend to themselves as well as sometimes fend for themselves. In the workplace, that means asking for what is fair. Getting what is fair is another story (and how it pans out is not your Karma to worry about!), but many women find simply asking to be a difficult proposition -- even on the home front. If a man and a woman work full-time and share a home and family, the woman will usually be the one to do most of the housework and care for the children. The woman ends up having three jobs (surprise, surprise), while the man still only has one (and mowing the lawn doesn't count!). Women simply face harder choices when it comes to balancing their careers and family, between personal fulfillment and professional accomplishments. What's at the root of the problem?

We've come a long way, baby, but …

No matter what the outcome of the potential lawsuit is, the women of Wal-Mart have already achieved a karmic victory simply by speaking up for themselves. While it appears that the stars will have to align for this business-friendly Supreme Court to even consider the case, history (or "herstory") is being made. Most women have experienced disparity in the workplace, whether they've worked at a small mom and pop shop, a medium-sized business or a behemoth retailer like Wal-Mart. We pay homage to the millions who have fought for the freedoms and opportunities women now have. Simply put, they have changed the world through their blood, sweat and tears. But it's a long journey, and as always, a woman's work is never done.

As Daily Defenders of Good Karma, we want to applaud the women of Wal-Mart for fighting the good fight. And we want to remind women everywhere that changing the world starts on the inside. Respect yourself! Ask for what you want at work and at home. Cultivate your self-worth by carving out some time for yourself every single day, even if it's just five minutes (try karmic law #1 as a daily respite). Remind yourself of the cosmic tips to help silence your inner critic. Keep reaching for what you think might be unattainable. Take good care of your physical health. And in the name of woman's suffrage, always vote. As society continues to mature and align its own Karma, women will continue to win victories, large and small.

What do you think? Can you suggest more ways to cultivate a woman's self worth?

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