Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, and despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that it is *not* due to discrimination, every liberal politician took the opportunity to virtue signal just how much they were concerned about the fictional injustice.
Paying men and women differently was made illegal from the Equal Pay Act – in 1963. If there are women in the situation where they truly are being paid unequally with their male count parts in the same jobs under the same circumstances, they can easily sue for it – and should be encouraged to.In the case of Elizabeth Warren, despite making comments about equal pay in the past, such as last year when she called it a “national embarrassment,” she didn’t tweet out anything this year like the rest of her colleagues did.
So what explains her silence? Some investigative reporting from the Washington Free Beacon may be to thank. They reported yesterday that the gender pay gap in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) office is nearly 10 percent wider than the national average, meaning women in the Massachusetts Democrat’s office will have to wait longer than most women across the country to recognize Equal Pay Day.
Women working for Warren were paid just 71 cents for every dollar paid to men during the 2016 fiscal year, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.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.
Among employees employed the entire year, only one woman, Warren’s director of scheduling, earned a six-figure salary, at $100,624.88.Five men—Warren’s director of oversight and investigations ($156,000), legislative director ($149,458), deputy chief of staff ($119,375), Massachusetts state director ($152,310), and deputy state director ($113,750)—earned more than Warren’s highest paid woman staffer in 2016.
It’s no wonder she’d ignore Equal Pay Day following the report, because there are only two possible ways she can explain it away. Either she’s a huge hypocrite, paying women less than what she would consider to be an “embarrassing” pay ratio, or she’ll have to acknowledge that there are other variables at play aside from discrimination that explain away the gap in her case (then have to pretend that’s also not the case in the national statistics).
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]