Human Rights

Women in Trump’s White House Make 69 Cents for Every Dollar Men Earn

High-ranking women in the Trump administration talked a good story during the Republican National Convention last month, making it seem like President Donald Trump is committed to gender equality. There was Kellyanne Conway, for instance, calling him “a champion for women.” There was Brooke Rollins, Acting Director for the Domestic Policy Council claiming that Trump has more women in his administration “than any president before.”

A video was played and it showed images of his daughter Ivanka Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump as a voice intoned:

“President Trump has proven that when the stakes are highest, he is proud to entrust many of our nation’s most crucial jobs to women.”

As long as those women don’t mind making 69 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to The 19th. That’s well below the national gender pay gap, which currently stands at 82 cents on the dollar.

Indeed, the gender pay gap is pretty wide in the Trump administration. An analysis by this website shows a yawning $33,000 chasm between the median salaries for male staffers ($106,000) as compared to $72,000 for female staffers.

Some economists note these numbers reflect the “raw” gender pay gap, meaning that things like experience, education, title, and other factors aren’t taken into consideration. The national figure is also a reflection of the raw gender pay gap, and neither reveals the full picture. The existing complexities persisting occupational segregation as well as challenges of access that still hobble women attempting to move into higher positions of authority are left out.

And when these issues are stacked against each other, they show a stubborn pay gap between men and women. While there’s the perception that decisions are being made based on a person’s title and position, that’s apparently not the case.

“To avoid addressing structural and institutional gender discrimination in terms of pay equality, the go-to is to talk about position and title, when, in fact, that’s not what’s driving pay inequity,” said C. Nicole Mason, the president CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “It’s decisions that are being made from the top-down about the valuing of women’s work and how much they should be paid.”

Pay inequity was also problematic during the Obama administration, but overall women within that administration fared better as they earned between 84 and 89 cents for every dollar a man earned. But that went topsy-turvy and dropped to 63 cents during Trump’s first year in office, according to a report by The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank.

According to The 19th, the Trump White House salaries are current as of June 26. These salaries have been reported to Congress every year, beginning in 1995. As can be expected, the Trump administration didn’t comment on the gender pay gap but did provide data on average salaries. These show an increase of 7.1 percent for female staffers, while salaries for men have dropped slightly, by 0.6 percent.

While closing the gender gap has been an issue for Ivanka Trump, it hasn’t been one for her father. And Trump has tried to roll back measures that were meant to increase transparency regarding pay data. And the administration has also attempted to stop the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on gender and race from companies with more than 100 employees. Once again this is another initiative instituted by the Obama administration to highlight pay inequalities. Fortunately, a federal judge ruled last year that the administration failed to demonstrate that the move would put an undue strain on employers and ordered the EEOC to continue gathering information.

“The Trump administration has shown no interest in taking steps to close the racial and gender gap impacting working women across this country,” noted Emily Martin, vice president of education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, one of several groups that sued Trump’s administration after it tried to freeze the pay data. “It’s no surprise that the wage gap is not only larger in the White House than in the rest of the country, but is moving in the wrong direction.”

I have to ask if anyone’s really surprised by this? Trump’s only interest in women is whether or not he can have sex with them, and we already know he’s a huge racist. So really, what else is new?

meet the author

Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity.


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