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Shouldn't Fixing Salary Discrepancy Start in the White House?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Friday, January 31, 2014

Shouldn't Fixing Salary Discrepancy Start in the White House?

Among the many inconsistencies and hypocrisies in Tuesday night's State of the Union address was a claim that women make less money than men for the same work. Practice what you preach, Mr. President.

Women who work inside the White House earn less than men. An analysis of payroll data by the American Enterprise Institute reveals that women make less than 87 cents for every dollar paid to a male staffer. And AEI isn't the only organization to reach that conclusion. So has the website politifact.

If the President is concerned about women's salaries, he should pay women at the White House the same amount of money men earn.

This debate has been continuing for some time. Other than in the White House, some women take jobs that pay less, or work part time, for many reasons. These might include flexibility for their children's sake, or a lesser job with less pressure. Paying women less for the same work is discriminatory and supposedly against the law.

Perhaps female White House staffers should file a lawsuit. I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: January 31, 2014