Response to Op-Ed by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

All conjecture regarding our future plans in New York City aside, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ recent opinion piece is wrong on the facts when it comes to the value we place on women in our workforce.


  • 57 percent of our Walmart U.S. workforce is comprised of women, compared to 49 percent of the retail industry;
  • Nearly 200,000 female associates have worked for the company 10 or more years;
  • About 53 percent of hourly associates promoted in our stores last year were women;
  • A quarter of Walmart’s board of directors is women – well above the 16 percent who fill board seats at Fortune 500 companies.


Councilwoman Ferreras’ assertion that Walmart’s healthcare plan “does not provide contraceptive coverage” is inaccurate since law mandates such coverage.  Walmart’s health plans already exceed the affordability and coverage requirements of President Obama’s new healthcare law.

We’re encouraged that the more people learn facts about us, the more educated their opinions become.  That’s part of the reason why, according to a January 2011 poll, 76 percent of Councilwoman Ferreras’ constituents support bringing a Walmart to their neighborhood.

Best regards,

Steven Restivo
Senior Director Community Affairs

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