GILBERT, AZ — An Arizona construction company, J.H. Wilson Labor, has announced today that they will be laying off all of their male employees (some pictured above) and replacing them with women to “kill two birds with one stone,” according to their CEO and Founder John Wilson.
“We’re doing it for two reasons specifically. First is to save money, and second is to bump up diversity numbers. Both are important and we can do both by just getting rid of all men in our workforce and just replacing them with women. I mean, shit. We do illegal stuff to save a few bucks here and there. You’re telling me we can save 23% legally and automatically by just not hiring men? I’m there.”
When we asked him to comment on whether or not he would also be leaving his position as CEO, he promptly asked us to leave his office.
The biggest worry the company has is whether or not they can even find women who want to or are able to take the hard labor jobs that are going to be opening up. The answer most people come to when asked about this is no, but after even the lightest research, we found that the answer is a hard no.
We spoke to Alexandra Philips, a local feminist, through email about this move and she described it as “a huge bummer”.
“When we said we wanted gender equality in careers, we meant in… like… better jobs…? Like tech jobs! Gender equality doesn’t mean making women do hard labor. The company is well within their rights, but, like, honestly if they want to be helpful, they should keep their status quo with male employees and instead give women the top-level jobs. Women deserve those top-level jobs.”
After being asked why she thinks construction is 3% women and if she believes there’s an underlying factor causing that, she replied with, “It’s just unladylike to work construction, okay??”
This isn’t a new thing in business though. Companies in Silicon Valley have been pushing for more women in tech, as mentioned by Philips, but they’ve been less honest. Those companies, when discussing it, make it seem like they care about diversity, while it’s actually a huge saving for them.
J.H. Wilson Labor isn’t necessarily leading the world on inclusiveness with women, but they’re surely leading on transparency when it comes to it.
Happy International Women’s Day from everyone at APR!