Fellow board members and company executives, who have not spoken publicly about her role at Wal-Mart, say Mrs. Clinton used her position to champion personal causes, like the need for more women in management and a comprehensive environmental program, despite being Wal-Mart’s only female director, the youngest and arguably the least experienced in business. On other topics, like Wal-Mart’s vehement anti-unionism, for example, she was largely silent, they said.I quit thinking more women in a system would improve it when Maggie Thatcher became Prime Minister of Great Britain. Systems don't care who runs them; they only need to run.
What's significant about Clinton's six Wal-Mart years is that on the issue that would've most helped working women, unionism, she stayed silent. Wal-Mart has more women in management and a showcase environmental program now, and she deserves some credit for that. But is Wal-Mart today the model for America that Democrats want?
I had been thinking neoliberal feminists should be called Marie Antoinette feminists because they're mostly nice people who want a nice hierarchy in which the peasants are content being peasants. But because neoliberalism is profoundly corporatist, I think I'll just speak of trickle-down feminists from now on.
ETA: Here's Ms. C. being proud of Wal-Mart: