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President Obama and Mitt Romney fought tooth and nail in the recent debates over equal pay for women. But one of the problems for both candidates is that neither of them can claim that their own house is as clean as it might appear to be to the public. Federal records are showing that Obama might be just as hypocritical as Romney, since women in the White House earn less than men.
The difference in pay is relatively substantial, about 18 percent. This reignites the affirmative action conversation, which has shifted away from African Americans, toward women and gay rights groups.
Some say that the pay gap in the White House is not because women are paid less for equal work. Instead, it exists because women are not in the highest ranking positions. But that presents another problem due to the well-established glass ceiling in the workplace.
Seven women in the White House earn the top salary of $172,000, including Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. But there are 14 men earning that salary, giving men a higher average pay. The median salary in the White House for women is $60,000 and it’s $71,000 for men.
The Obama team has pushed hard on the fair pay issue to attack Romney this week.
“This is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue,” Obama said.
The Obama team attacked Romney for his remark about being given a “binder full of women” to find qualified females for positions in his cabinet.
“Mitt Romney still won’t say whether he’d stand up for equal pay, but he did tell us he has ‘binders full of women,’” Obama tweeted right after the debate.
It looks like both men have a lot of work to do when it comes to finding equity.