Hostile Workplace

teigan 2012/04/22 18:34:08
Obama White House pays women less than men, records show

Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.

According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

Calculating the median salary for each gender required some assumptions to be made based on the employee names. When unclear, every effort was taken to determine the appropriate gender.

The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits.

President Obama has frequently criticized the gender pay gap, such as the one that exists in White House.

“Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income,” he said in a July 2010 statement. “And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.”

It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.

The president and his Democratic allies have accused Republicans of waging a “war on women,” and have touted themselves as champions of female equality. Obama’s rhetoric, however, has not always been supported by his actions.

White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week that Obama believes it is “long past the time” for women to be admitted to the traditionally all-male Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters golf tournament.

But the president has demonstrated a strong preference for all-male foursomes in his frequent golf outings, a bias that extends well beyond the putting green and into the Oval Office.

“Women are Obama’s base, and they don’t seem to have enough people who look like the base inside of their own inner circle,” former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers told the New York Times.

In a 2011 article titled “The White House Boys’ Club: President Obama Has a Woman Problem,” TIME magazine’s Amy Sullivan detailed the president’s fondness for male-dominated environments.

“There’s a looseness to Obama when he’s hanging out with the boys club that doesn’t appear in co-ed gatherings,” she wrote. “The president blows off steam on the golf course with male colleagues and friends. He takes to the White House basketball court with NBA stars, men’s college players, and male cabinet members and members of Congress.”

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama was criticized for paying the women on his campaign staff less than the men, and far less than GOP opponent John McCain paid his female staffers.

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  • Seonag 2012/04/23 13:47:58
    Double standard
  • JT For Political Reform 2012/04/23 12:54:32
    JT For Political Reform
    It's only bad when the conservatives do it I guess.
  • Hank 2012/04/23 11:28:41 (edited)
    Yes indeed, another case of hypocrisy from "our" leader. And we are supposed to be surprised? Does hypocrisy come as an accessory to the "swagger" the mainstream media is so proud to see in the prez, or is it the other way around?
  • teigan Hank 2012/04/23 15:08:36
    Perhaps a bit of both. Birds of a feather.
  • stevmackey 2012/04/23 10:37:56
    What else is new?
  • USAF Vet 2012/04/23 05:26:27
    USAF Vet
    That's OK! "nothing to see here folks, move along lame-brains, OH' almost forgot, remember to vote for King Obama, we're counting on you imbeciles...keep moving, nothing here, keep moving..."
  • teigan USAF Vet 2012/04/23 05:36:05
  • jumpboots 187th PIR 2012/04/23 01:37:46
    jumpboots 187th PIR
    And he has most of the Women voters on his side....Come on Girls don't be so gullible,people are starting to laugh at you.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/04/23 00:05:00
    Shows what we always knew about him: he's a hypocrite!
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/04/22 23:46:08
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    It should be clear to everyone by now that obama talks out of both sides of his mouth and what he says is completely out of his control!
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/04/22 22:47:05
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Does the President have any authority over the pay levels? Aren't they established by the Civil Service?

    BUT... if the Civil Service discriminates based on gender, that sucks!
  • teigan jubil8 ... 2012/04/22 23:07:30
    It would depend what position they are in.
  • jubil8 ... teigan 2012/04/23 03:51:12
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    What would depend? The President's authority or what the Civil Service does?
  • teigan jubil8 ... 2012/04/23 06:16:24
    Presidents have to release an annual report on White House staff, so I would assume that he set how many will be on his staff and house to pay them. I don't believe the Civil Servent Dept has anything to do with the Presidents staff.
  • jubil8 ... teigan 2012/04/23 14:54:06
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Ok. I was figuring that any "standard" position was Civil Service, but I don't know. I was including the domestic staff too.

    Basically I think unequal pay for equal work sucks no matter who's allowing it.
  • teigan jubil8 ... 2012/04/23 15:17:02
    I do to. But to accuse someone else of declaring war on women while paying your own staff women less that the men is the height of hypocrisy. Obama paid the women on his campaign staff in 2008 less than the men as well. He does not respect women, but he does demand that everyone else does. Just another case of do as I say, but not as I do.
  • jubil8 ... teigan 2012/04/23 19:08:35
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Hopefully someone will point this out to him on the campaign trail and demand answers.
  • teigan jubil8 ... 2012/04/23 19:12:29
    I don't think they will be allowed to ask him anything that is not approved prior.
  • jubil8 ... teigan 2012/04/23 20:05:31
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    You're right -- I didn't think of that little point. Rats.
  • wtxwoman 2012/04/22 22:14:03
    Are the jobs equal. If they are, then pay should be equal. As for the 'being looser with just the boys' type thing, there is nothing wrong with that. It shows respect for women. Most women behave differently in an all female gathering than in a mixed one, common sense.
  • Flamdingo 2012/04/22 22:01:53
    And yet women still support him.....good job ladies!
  • teigan Flamdingo 2012/04/22 23:08:18
    Can't fix stupid.
  • Flamdingo teigan 2012/04/23 19:50:17 (edited)
    Amen! If we could there wouldn't be ANY Liberals left.
  • teigan Flamdingo 2012/04/23 19:54:56
  • SharonJohnson 2012/04/22 21:21:36
    No suprise here from an idiot who will say anything to get power and keep it. Obama is a hypocrite Obama hypocrite Obama hypocrite
  • Mike 2012/04/22 21:17:47
    First I want to know why they're paid so much - both men and women. What do they do for that salary ?
  • teigan Mike 2012/04/22 23:09:08
    Good question.
  • JT For ... Mike 2012/04/23 12:56:53
    JT For Political Reform
    Vote for Obama?
  • Mike JT For ... 2012/04/23 17:04:14
  • Kane Fernau 2012/04/22 19:00:25
    Kane Fernau
    Yea, but Obama is cute
  • Wanda5245 - Citizen Activis... 2012/04/22 18:53:57
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/22 18:50:22
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Typical Liberal hypocrisy, they are good at it.
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2012/04/22 18:44:36
  • beachbum 2012/04/22 18:40:12
    Double standard............

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