Hillary’s Equal Pay Hypocrisy
Democratic front-runner has long history of underpaying her female employees
The Left’s champion of women has a long history of paying her female employees less than their male counterparts — something Hillary Clinton left out of her Equal Pay Day speech on Tuesday.
“If CEOs and board members will actually ask themselves ‘How sure are we we that we are paying people the same?’ the data shows even in the best-intentioned companies that is often not happening,” Clinton said at a roundtable discussion. “It is way past time to end the outrage of so many women still earning less than men on the job.”
But perhaps Clinton should take a look in her own backyard. The Clinton Foundation is paying male executives significantly more than female executives, according to documents first obtained by the Daily Caller. The Foundation’s 2013 IRS 990 form shows that on average male executive earn at least $109,000 more than their female counterparts.
What’s more, the Clinton Foundation isn’t the only place associated with the Democratic front-runner that has a history of paying females less.
Mrs. Clinton paid her female Senate staffers 72 cents to every dollar that male staffers were paid -- a fact confirmed by the Clinton campaign. When Mrs. Clinton was a senator, the median annual salary for a woman working in her office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man.
Where is the outrage? She can’t have it both ways—fighting for equal pay for women yet not paying her own female staffers equal to her male staffers.
Clinton has gone to great lengths to advocate for legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act—a liberal initiative that would narrow the "fictional" pay gap between men and women.
|Male Executives (in thousands)|
|Director of sponsor and marketing Frederick Post||$484|
|Clinton Associate Bruce Lindsay||$394|
|CFO Andrew Kessel||$207|
|CEO Robert Harrison||$243|
|CEO Eric Braverman||$274|
|CEO Mark Gunston||$295|
|CDO Dennis Cheng||$236|
|COO Scott Taitel||$215|
|Female Execs (in thousands)|
|CEO Virginia Ehrlich||$201|
|Senior Advisor Laura Graham||$183|
|Executive director Stephanie Streett||$169|
"Of course it is well-known that the ‘wage gap’ is grossly overstated, but in Hillary Clinton’s case it is certainly the pot calling the kettle black," said Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF).
"Equal Pay Day is this effort by progressive feminist groups of painting this really negative picture of life in America for women and girls as though they don’t have the same opportunities — not the kind of leadership women are looking for," Schaeffer said. On Tuesday, the IWF released its "Working for Women" report, with a goal being to "offer a positive economic agenda that will give women an opportunity to thrive in the workplace," she said.
Clinton, marching in lockstep with progressive feminists, has also called for laws that would mandate employers to pay for family and medical leave — laws that would undoubtedly force businesses to consolidate their workforces, hurting women and limiting their success.
"Like so many Democrats, Hillary Clinton has presented the workplace as hostile to women, and continues to insist that issues like the so-called wage gap and paid leave are limiting women’s success," Schaeffer said.
Higher employment costs mean fewer job opportunities specifically for women since their cost to the employer would be much higher with these types of burdensome mandates. While these laws sound good, they unfortunately mean lower wages and decreased chances for career advancement for women.
"Clinton has a great opportunity to set the record straight on the wage gap, but instead she continues to mislead on this issue for political gain," said Hadley Heath Manning, conservative commentator and policy analyst for IWF.