A group of Democratic female senators, Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), on Wednesday declared war on the so-called “gender pay gap,” urging their colleagues to pass the aptly named Paycheck Fairness Act when Congress returns from recess next month.
Yeah. We want equal pay for women.!!
So you’d think that these fine warriors in the war on women would pay their female staffers even MORE than the men, right?
Welllll, not quite. In fact, they pay the females staffers LESS than the men. That’s right you heard it. The women who are running their mouths about equal pay, don’t apy their own people equal.
WOW! What a surprise.
Patty Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a “war a women,” is one of the worst offenders. Female members of Murray’s staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011, a difference of 35.2 percent.
Feinstein’s no better. Women made about $21,000 less than men in 2011, but the percentage difference—41 percent—was even higher than Murray’s.
Boxer’s female staffers fare a little better, making about $5,000 less, a difference of 7.3 percent.
The employee gender pay gap among Senate Democrats was not limited to Murray, Boxer, and Feinstein. Of the 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus examined in the analysis, 37 senators paid their female staffers less than male staffers.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), who runs the Senate Democratic messaging operation, paid men $19,454 more on average, a 36 percent difference.
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) paid men $13,063 more, a difference of 23 percent.
Other notable Senators whose “gender pay gap” was larger than 23 percent:
· Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—47.6 percent
· Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.)—40 percent
· Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.)—34.2 percent
· Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.)—31.5 percent
· Sen. Tom Carper (D., Del.)—30.4 percent
· Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.)–29.7 percent
· Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.)–29.2 percent
· Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.)—26.5 percent
· Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore)—26.4 percent
· Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa)—23.2 percent
Sen. Sanders, who is an avowed socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, has the worst gender gap by far. He employed more men (14) than women (10), and his chief of staff is male.
What about Obama? The White House, pays men about $10,000, or 13 percent, more on average, than women.