Category: News Tracking

The Gender Wage Gap in the US Could Get Worse Under Donald Trump

Jenny Kutner, Mic – December 9, 2016

On average, women in the American workforce are paid 83 cents for every dollar a man makes. Many people in the United States don’t think this should be the case. Rather, most people have said they support equal pay — includingPresident-elect Donald Trump and some of his compatriots in the Republican Party.

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Hillary Clinton Calls for Closing Wage Gap on Equal Pay Day

Charlotte Alter, TIME – April 12, 2016

On Equal Pay Day, one year after she announced she was running for president and one week before the crucial New York primary, Hillary Clinton called for stricter transparency laws to ensure women and men are paid equally for the same jobs. She recalled a young girl in Las Vegas who asked her, “if you’re elected the girl president, will you be paid the same as the boy president?”

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Hillary Clinton Interview on Equal Pay, Women in Cabinet

Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan – April 12, 2016

After the event, Cosmopolitan.com spoke to Clinton over the phone about equal pay in her career, gender equality in a Hillary Clinton administration, and why she believes she is “tough enough” to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

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The Single American Woman

Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine – The Cut – February 22, 2016

Single women are also becoming more and more powerful as a voting demographic. In 2012, unmarried women made up a remarkable 23 percent of the electorate. Almost a quarter of votes in the last presidential election were cast by women without spouses, up three points from just four years earlier. According to Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, in the 2012 presidential election, unmarried women drove turnout in practically every demographic, making up “almost 40 percent of the African-American population, close to 30 percent of the Latino population, and about a third of all young voters.”

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Not All Presidential Candidates Want to Solve Pay Inequality

Ally Boguhn, RH Reality Check – January 29, 2016

Pay inequality remains a problem in the United States. A 2014 analysis from the Economic Policy Institute found that men consistently made more than women across wage distributions. Although the gender wage gap has narrowed since the 1970s, when women were paid 59 percent of what men were for the same job, research suggests that women are still paid 79 cents for every man’s dollar. But who among the field of 2016 presidential candidates is committed to changing that?

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Equal Pay Litigant Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Clinton

Anne Gearan, The Washington Post – January 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton won the endorsement Friday of the woman behind federal legislation making it easier for women to challenge their employers over unequal pay. Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the first law President Obama signed in 2009, said Clinton is a “fierce and uncompromising champion for women, for basic fairness, and for opportunity for everyone.”

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Paid Leave Hurts Equal Pay: Kasich

Darrel Rowland, Columbus Dispatch – January 11, 2016

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders bicker over how to fund their plans for paid maternity leave, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was asked during a town-hall meeting on Friday where he stood. His answer was that women shouldn’t be given additional paid leave but should get the chance to telecommute so they can stay competitive in their careers. “The one thing we need to do for working women is to give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online,” Kasich told the man who asked the question. “The reason why that’s important is, when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential.

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Were Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina Right About Women’s Wages in the GOP Debate?

Lydia Dishman, Fast Company – October 29, 2015

Fiorina’s comment about the 92% of jobs lost were held by women doesn’t hold up under closer inspection. Fiorina likely cribbed this number from Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012. Back then, PolitiFact’s analysts found the statement to be false.

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Hillary Clinton: Women Can’t Push To Be Paid Equally If They Don’t Know They’re Not Paid Equally

Elise Foley, Huffington Post – October 15, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton highlighted one way to help close the wage gap between women and men: make sure women can find out if they are being underpaid. The law should crack down on employers who intimidate or retaliate against workers for talking about their wages, Clinton said Thursday at a U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in San Antonio.

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