White House Women Face Bigger Gender Pay Gap Than The National Average

Jul 06, 2017, 00:29
White House Women Face Bigger Gender Pay Gap Than The National Average

Female employees at the White House earn an average salary of 80 cents to every dollar earned by their male colleagues, while the national average is 82 cents to the dollar according to the US Labour Department.

The disparity appears to be directly linked to the question of who works in the upper ranks of the White House staff. But then, Ivanka is not paid a White House salary, nor is her husband, and her father is allegedly donating his pay, so why would she care? They include well-known aides such as special counselor Kellyanne Conway, director of strategic communications Hope Hicks and reality television star turned presidential staffer Omarosa Manigault. Among the 22 employees earning the top salary for a permanent White House employee-$179,000-only six are women.

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Past reporting indicates the disparity is not new to the Trump White House - though it may be more pronounced.

But personnel in Trump's White House generally cost more than those in Obama's, with a median salary of $89,000 compared to the $73,051 earned by a White House staffer in 2016. Analysis of last year's annual report to Congress by the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute found that women working in the White House under Obama earned 89.25 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues.

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As with many topics, the White House has given mixed messages on its dedication to ensuring equal pay between the sexes. For those who are unconvinced that this gap doesn't mean much, the NWLC reports that it causes women to earn roughly $10,000 less in median earnings per year. A few months ago, he rolled back Obama-era equal pay protections for women with an executive order.

One day later, Ivanka Trump tweeted her support for closing the gender pay gap.

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CNN calculated the gender gap using employee names and research.

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