Friday, February 3, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He got advice on women in the workplace from two male CEOs.

This morning, Trump convened his all-CEO panel of advisors, officially known as the President’s Strategic and Policy ForumThree of the seventeen remaining members of the Forum are women, but Trump chose Wal-Mart head Doug McMillon and Ernst & Young chief Mark Weinberger to advise him on women in the workforce.

Their contributions were not made public. Between 2001 and 2016, Wal-Mart fought an epic legal battle against over 1,500,000 female employees over persistent wage discrimination and civil rights violations.

Trump himself has been accused of sexual predation on women in the workplace, and is known to insist that female employees dress in a particular feminine style.

So what?

  • Being sued by more than a million women does not make someone qualified to advise the president of the United States on women's issues.
  • Who a president chooses to listen to says something about his priorities.