On War­ren Se­nate staff, women paid 71% of men's salaries

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Data gleaned from pub­lic doc­u­ments shows a gap be­tween Mas­sachusetts Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren’s rhetoric on equal pay and the fi­nan­cial re­al­ity within her own of­fice.

Data for fis­cal year 2016 on Mrs. War­ren’s male and fe­male full-time staffers re­veals an of­fice that pays women 71 cents for ev­ery dol­lar paid to their male col­leagues. Na­tional sta­tis­tics by the Cen­sus Bureau tal­lied 79.6 per­cent last year.

The Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con also ran fig­ures based on av­er­age in­stead of me­dian, which widened the gap to roughly $26,000, or about 69 cents on the dol­lar. Only salaries of em­ploy­ees who worked a full year were used in the cal­cu­la­tions. No­table sta­tis­tics in­clude:

● The me­dian an­nual earn­ings for fe­male staffers was $52,750, com­pared with $73,750 for men.

● Only one woman earned a six-fig­ure salary — $100,624.88.

● Five men earned more than Mrs. War­ren’s high­est paid woman staffer in 2016.

Crit­ics of wage gap rhetoric ar­gue that most dis­crep­an­cies be­tween men and women are due to a fail­ure to com­pare sta­tis­ti­cal “ap­ples to ap­ples.” Mrs. War­ren’s past state­ments on the is­sue, how­ever, do not ac­cept that.

“The one thing that al­ways gets me is that in 2015, I still have to get out and say that we be­lieve in equal pay for equal work,” the sen­a­tor said in Novem­ber 2015. “It al­ways gets a nice round of ap­plause, but you re­ally want to say holy gua­camole, we can’t get this thing done?”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Data for fis­cal year 2016 on Mas­sachusetts Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren's male and fe­male full-time staffers re­veals an of­fice that pays 71 cents for ev­ery dol­lar to their male ol­leagues.

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