The Gender Pay Gap in Senators' Offices

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, May 28, 2012

The Gender Pay Gap in Senators' Offices

You have to love the hypocrisy of Congress, which passes laws for everyone except themselves.

The Washington Free Beacon reports a glaring gender gap between what senators pay their male and female staff members. And this includes the office of female senators.

Of the five senators who participated in a news conference -- Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer -- three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers. Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a "war on women" is one of the worst offenders, according to the Beacon. Female members of Murray's staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011. That's a 35.2 percent difference. And Murray is among the female senators who last week called for an end to the so-called "gender pay gap." She might start with her own office.

A significant gender gap also exists in Feinstein's office, where men make $21,000 more than women, and in Barbara Boxer's office, where there is a $5,000 difference. Read more in the Washington Free Beacon.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: May 28, 2012

The Gender Pay Gap in Senators' Offices