White House Marks Equal Pay Day

“Standing before a crowd of women in the White House East Room, President Obama noted that the average woman working full time in America makes just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man…

In its effort to shine a spotlight on pay disparity, though, the White House itself got caught in the glare. Spokesman Jay Carney went on the defensive when reporters asked why women working at the White House make less on average than their male colleagues…

Carney suggests the disparity in White House pay results from a concentration of women on the lower rungs of the government’s pay scale. Cornell University economist Francine Blau says such occupational differences also explain about half the national pay gap between men and women.”

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