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Clinton's Pay Gap Hypocrisy

- April 14, 2016

Clinton Has Campaigned As A Steadfast Supporter Of Ending Pay Gap Inequality

Clinton’s Campaign Website Laments That Women Earn Less Than Men And Promises That Clinton Would Give Women The Tools They Need To “Fight Workplace Discrimination.” “Women earn less than men across our economy—and women of color often lose out the most. Hillary will promote pay transparency across the economy and work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act—a bill she introduced as senator—to give women the tools they need to fight workplace discrimination.” (“Women’s Rights And Opportunity,” Hillary For America, 11/13/15)

Huffington Post Headline: “Hillary Clinton: It’s Time For Wage Equality ‘Once And For All.’” (Igor Bobi, “Hillary Clinton: It’s Time For Wage Equality ‘Once And For All,’” Huffington Post, 2/24/15)

BUT ANALYSIS OF CLINTON’S SENATE OFFICE FINDS CLINTON COMPENSATED WOMEN “72 CENTS FOR EACH DOLLAR PAID TO MEN”

According To Analysis From The Washington Free Beacon, Clinton’s Senate Office Paid Women “72 Cents For Each Dollar Paid To Men.” “Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a champion of women in the workforce, but women working for her in the U.S. Senate were paid 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of her Senate years’ salary data.” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/23/15)

“During Those Years, The Median Annual Salary For A Woman Working In Clinton’s Office Was $15,708.38 Less Than The Median Salary For A Man.” “During those years, the median annual salary for a woman working in Clinton’s office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the analysis of data compiled from official Senate expenditure reports.” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/23/15)

  • In 2006, Women In Clinton’s Office “Earned 65 Cents For Each Dollar Men Earned, And In 2008 It Was 63 Cents To Women For Each Dollar To Men.” “In other years the results were far worse—in 2006, women earned 65 cents for each dollar men earned, and in 2008 it was 63 cents to women for each dollar to men.” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/23/15)
  • In 2002, Women Staffers Earned A “Median Income Of $33,000, While Men Earned $42,500.” “If you isolate the data from year to year, the median earnings between men and women were not so even. In 2002, female Senate staffers (excluding Clinton) earned a median of $33,000, while men earned $42,500.” (Katie Sanders, “Sean Hannity: As Senator, Hillary Clinton ‘Paid Female Staffers A Lot Less Than Men,’” Politifact, 5/21/15)

Politifact: The Washington Free Beacon’s Data “Supports” The Claim That Women Staffers Earned Less Money Than Men In Clinton’s Senate Office. “Hannity said Hillary Clinton paid ‘paid female staffers a lot less than the men’ than when she was a senator. One set of data supports that claim, but it is far from perfect.” (Katie Sanders, “Sean Hannity: As Senator, Hillary Clinton ‘Paid Female Staffers A Lot Less Than Men,’” Politifact, 5/21/15)

The Senate Office Payroll Data Reveals Clinton’s “Hypocrisy”

Mark Perry, An Economic Scholar At The American Enterprise Institute, Said Clinton’s Senate Office Data Highlights Her “Hypocrisy” On The Equal Pay Issue. “Mark Perry, an economic scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who has written extensively on the White House hypocrisy related to gender pay equality, said that the data on Clinton shows that she is guilty of the same hypocrisy.” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/23/15)

  • Perry: “Clinton Needs To Either Put An End To Her Rhetoric” Or “Admit That She Too Is Guilty Of Gender Discrimination.” “Perry said Clinton needs to either put an end to her rhetoric on the issue or admit that she too is guilty of gender discrimination.” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon , 2/23/15)
  • Perry: Clinton “Can’t Have It Both Ways” On Pay Inequality. “‘Politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can’t have it both ways,’ Perry said. ‘They use raw, aggregate, unadjusted gender differences in pay and then claim that those pay gaps are the result of gender discrimination, like the 23 percent national gender pay gap in aggregate median income.’” (Brent Scher, “Hillary Clinton’s War on Women,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/23/15)

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