Democrats made a big show Tuesday of promoting equal pay for women, unfazed by data showing that both President Obama and leading presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton haven’t walked the walk on pay equity.
Mr. Obama declared Tuesday to be National Equal Pay Day, a symbolic measure of how far along the yearly calendar a woman needs to work to earn as much as her male counterpart did the year before.
“On average, full-time working women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, and women of color face an even greater disparity,” Mr. Obama said in a proclamation. “This wage gap puts women at a career-long disadvantage, and it harms families, communities and our entire economy.”
But it’s well documented that his White House has a history of paying female staffers less than men on average. An analysis of White House salaries last July showed that there was still a 13 percent pay gap between male and female staffers.
Mrs. Clinton, under pressure from the left wing of the Democratic Party to speak out against income inequality, took aim Tuesday at the excessive pay of some corporate executives instead of focusing on gender inequity. The Republican PAC America Rising noted that the Clintons’ income of $16.7 million in 2012 was 321 times that of the average family in the U.S.