Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has spoken before Congress every year on Equal Pay Day since 2013 as an advocate for equal pay for women.
However, this year Warren seemingly broke with tradition and didn’t mention equal pay in her short speech. But why?
Perhaps it was the revealing and embarrassing report that surfaced on Tuesday about the wide gender pay gap in none other than Warren’s own senate office.
It was reported that the gender pay gap in her office is “nearly 10 percent wider than the national average.” What this means that “women in the Massachusetts Democrat’s office will have to wait longer than most women across the country to recognize Equal Pay Day.”
Statistics are determined from the Census Bureau’s annual unadjusted gender pay gap figures. Last year’s figures showed that women earned 79.6 percent of what men earned.
The report showed that:
The median annual earnings for women staffers, $52,750, was more than $20,000 less than the median annual earnings for men, $73,750, according to the analysis of publicly available Senate data.
The women employed by Warren’s senate office earned just 71 percent of what was earned by men.
In 2016, before the recent report was made public, Warren addressed congress at the Equal Pay Day event, saying:
“Today is Equal Pay Day, and by the sound of it, you would think it’s some sort of historic holiday commemorating the anniversary of a landmark day that our country guaranteed equal pay for women. But that’s not what this is about. Not even close.”
She also tweeted:
#EqualPayDay isn’t a national day of celebration. It’s a national day of embarrassment.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 12, 2016
Looks like 2017 has turned out to be an “embarrassment” alright but I don’t think Warren knew it would be about her.
Say it isn’t so, Elizabeth!
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