By Brent Scher • Washington Free Beacon
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) failed to acknowledge Equal Pay Day for the first time in her Senate career after it was reported on Tuesday that women working in her Senate office earned just 71 percent of what was earned by men.
Warren has used Equal Pay Day, which fell on April 4 this year, in years past as an opportunity to speak out on the gender pay gap. Last year she took to the Senate floor to call Equal Pay Day a “national day of embarrassment” and pledged to continue her “fight” until the pay gap was erased. She gave similar statements on Equal Pay Day in 2015, 2014, and 2013, her first year in the Senate.
This year, Warren was the only female Democratic senator who ignored Equal Pay Day entirely, and it was not due to a lack of opportunity.
She delivered a nearly 10 minute speech Tuesday afternoon and made no mention of equal pay. The topic of speeches during the session was the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, but that didn’t stop fellow Democratic Senators Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), or Kamala Harris (Calif.) from acknowledging Equal Pay Day.
Warren didn’t even bother to send out a tweet recognizing Equal Pay Day—setting her apart from the other 15 Democratic women in the Senate.
California has enacted the country’s most progressive fair pay law. Congress must follow our lead. #EqualPayDay
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) April 4, 2017
While more education can help increase women’s earnings, it still doesn’t close the gender pay gap. #EqualPayDay
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 4, 2017
In North Dakota, women earn 71 cents for every dollar paid to men – 71 CENTS. In 2017. #EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/QYzrr3Opds
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) April 4, 2017
Today is about highlighting the importance of paycheck fairness for women, for families, and for our economy. #EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/xjAW81GWqx
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) April 4, 2017
It’s #EqualPayDay & we’re live on the Senate floor on @GorsuchFacts’ record against women & working families https://t.co/CR7OfAVZdv
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 4, 2017
Every single day, women across the US contribute so much to the success of their families, their communities and their country #EqualPayDay
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 4, 2017
For #EqualPayDay, remember that pay gap is about income today & tomorrow. Leads to shortfall in retirement – avg of thousands less per year.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 4, 2017
If the pay disparity continues on same path, the #wagegap won’t close until 2059. This is unacceptable. Women are entitled to #EqualPay. pic.twitter.com/uGKfAjFbWK
— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) April 4, 2017
#EqualPayDay is a reminder to keep fighting for equality & make equal pay a reality. Pay discrimination hurts NH women & their families
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) April 4, 2017
Women have a right to earn an equal paycheck. That’s why I’m cosponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act #EqualPayDay https://t.co/eubqC2hl2d
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) April 4, 2017
It’s vital that hard work for a good job be rewarded regardless of what you look like, where you live, or what gender you are #EqualPayDay
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) April 4, 2017
Across America, hardworking women and their families deserve action on equal pay for equal work. #EqualPayDay pic.twitter.com/P8DF3uIy1q
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) April 4, 2017
On #EqualPayDay, Claire calls on @GOP (yet again) to finally pass the #PaycheckFairnessAct. Missouri women deserve a level playing field. pic.twitter.com/V0TDlx12Mu
— McCaskill Office (@McCaskillOffice) April 4, 2017
Put simply, women and men deserve equal pay for equal work. A shame that, in 2017, we’re still not there. #EqualPayDay
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 4, 2017
On #EqualPayDay women finally catch up to what men earned last year doing the same job. Women deserve equal pay for equal work!
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) April 4, 2017
It wasn’t just a woman thing—Equal Pay Day was recognized by senior congressional Democrats and party leaders as well.
#EqualPayDay is a reminder that there are hugely consequential, tangible barriers that women face every single day that men do not.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 4, 2017
The Pay Gap is an affront to women’s contributions to our communities. #EqualPayDay
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 4, 2017
Women are making 81% of what men make and for women of color it’s even less. That’s nothing but sexism and discrimination. #EqualPayDay
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 4, 2017
It is unacceptable that a woman in Virginia will lose $482,000 on average over a 40-year career compared to a man #EqualPayDay
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) April 4, 2017
It’s simple. Women deserve to be paid equally for equal work. #EqualPayDay
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) April 4, 2017
Check out what @LeanInOrg is doing to celebrate #EqualPayDay.#20PercentCountshttps://t.co/Q2ovXDWNkG
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 4, 2017
On #EqualPayDay, we must remember that inequality for women means inequality for everyone. We won’t stop fighting to close the wage gap.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) April 4, 2017
It’s #EqualPayDay. Why are women still fighting for wage fairness? Here’s why: pic.twitter.com/P7QeE9REcw
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) April 4, 2017
Even Ivanka Trump chimed in to voice her belief that “women deserve equal pay for equal work.”
#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap! https://t.co/CcwsoBXWdF
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 4, 2017
Warren’s office did not respond to an inquiry into whether it planned to recognize Equal Pay Day before it was reported that the median male salary in her office was over $20,000 greater than the median female salary. The five top earners in Warren’s office were all men.
Warren has yet to comment on the pay gap in her office.
By Frank Camp • Daily Wire
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
…women working for [Senator] Warren were paid just 71 cents for every dollar paid to men during the 2016 fiscal year…The median annual earnings for women staffers, $52,750, was more than $20,000 less than the median annual earnings for men, $73,750, according to the analysis of publicly available Senate data.
When calculated using average salaries rather than median, the pay gap expands to just over $26,051, or about 31 percent.
As one of the most vocal proponents of equal pay legislation, why would Senator Warren allow her female staffers to be paid significantly less than their male counterparts? Continue reading
Where’s the outrage over the Clinton Foundation’s wage gap?
By Peter Roff • USNews
On a day when most every media outlet in the country is giving its full attention to the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan summit, out comes a report from The Daily Caller that should be of interest to anyone following the financial dealings of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Apparently the former and potentially future first couple “received at least $100million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic president candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle east policies.”
It’s a revelation that won’t shock anyone. The Clintons are notorious for doing a cash-only business, as just about everyone knows. No one cares – though they should – whether a “pro quo” went along with the “quid” as the funds were being raised. Continue reading
Even after accounting for education and job category, men were paid more than women
by Ali Meyer • Washington Free Beacon
Hillary Clinton’s State Department paid men $16,000 more on average in annual salary than women, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
An OPM database called FedScope contains data on more than 2 million federal civilian employees and includes information about employment, including gender, age, education level, and pay grade.
The data, which is organized by calendar year, shows that men were paid more than women in each year that Clinton was heading the department as secretary of state. Continue reading
You have to ignore many variables to think women are paid less than men. California is happy to try.
by Sarah Ketterer • Wall Street Journal
This bill, which the California senate unanimously passed in August, is a state version of the Paycheck Fairness Act that the U.S. Congress rejected in 2014. Like its national counterpart, it is an aggressive attempt to eradicate a wage gap between men and women that is allegedly due to discrimination in the workplace. But this wage gap is illusory, and the legislation will have unintended consequences, including for women.
The Fair Pay Act will prohibit employers from paying men and women different wages for “substantially similar work.” At first glance, this prohibition might appear reasonable: Government data for 2014 show that women in California earn, on average, 84 cents for every dollar earned by men. (Nationally, women earn about 79 cents for every dollar earned by men.) Continue reading