Look no further than President Obama, who gives speeches that women should have equal pay for equal work. The White House even designated Aug. 26, 2013, Women’s Equality Day. Sounds great! Who doesn’t love a raise and equal opportunity in the workplace?
But when we look closely at his own staff in the White House, we discover women are paid much less than their male counterparts. In fact, they only make 88 cents to the man’s dollar, the American Enterprise Institute reported last year. Why? Because Obama’s given most of the top-paying jobs to the guys.
Wow! Talk about feeding the public a big bag of baloney.
Expected Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton is also one to talk.
Last April she tweeted, “20 years ago, women made 72 cents on the dollar to men. Today it’s still just 77 cents. More work to do. #EqualPay #NoCeilings.”
Now flash forward to today — she’s reportedly given the top jobs, and salaries, on her exploratory presidential campaign staff to men.
But that’s not all.
Back when she was a U.S. senator for New York, reports are now surfacing that she paid women on her staff only 72 cents to a man’s dollar. Proof she’s no champion of women.
Like the president, she only delivers empty soundbites to stroke her supporters and drum up money for her campaign.
If the president, or Clinton, sincerely meant what they said about equal pay, they’d be giving equal access and opportunity to the top jobs on their staffs to women. Why bother when they can fool voters and get away with phony blather?
Thankfully, there’s still some press and media in this country who hold politicians accountable.
Here’s the deal. Many politicians will say almost anything to get elected. Making fake campaign promises is nothing new … for either party.
From now until the 2016 presidential election, candidates like Hillary Clinton will pretend they champion women’s issues — including wage equality. Don’t believe it all.
If top jobs and salaries on Clinton’s current staff are primarily going to men now, will a White House staff look similar if she’s elected? If today is any indication, the answer is yes.
Voters would be smart to take a look under the hood before they vote.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Boston Herald Drive” on Herald Radio and WMEX 1510 AM weekdays from 7-9 a.m. Follow Adriana on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.