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12:46 pm - 04/29/2012

Top Republican Strategist Denies Women Are Paid Less Than Men

Source Think Progress

By Igor Volsky on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:54 am


This morning, during a heated discussion with Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos denied that women make 77 cents for a man’s dollar in the workplace and noted, “there are lots of reasons for that.” Maddow expressed shock at the assertion, but concluded that it explained why Republicans and Mitt Romney are so hesitant to embrace the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.


“Now we know, at least from both of your perspectives,” Maddow said, pointing to Castellanos and Romney surrogate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), “women are not fairing worse than men in the economy that women aren’t getting paid less for equal work.” “It’s about policy and whether or not you want to fix some of the structural discrimination that women really do face that Republicans don’t believe is happening,” she added. Castellanos responded to Maddow’s policy argument by remarking on her passion, to which the MSNBC host took offense:



CASTELLANOS: It is about policy and I love how passionate you are. I wish you were as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.


MADDOW: That’s really condescending. This is a stylistic issue. My passion on this issue is actually me making a factual argument on it.




In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer earlier this month, Romney refused to say whether he would sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act, but claimed that he would not change it. Romney’s women surrogates — including McMorris Rodgers — all voted against the legislation. Castellanos himself consulted Romney during the 2008 presidential election.


ETA: MSNBC has full video http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/#47222884
sesmo 29th-Apr-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
There was a beautiful study of that, as a particular kind of job became dominated by women, I think it was clerks/secretaries and bank tellers, the salaries dropped. Skill levels didn't drop, so pretty much it was a gender thing.
the_gabih 29th-Apr-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Idk about jobs, but earlier in the year we did a sociology thing looking at how, when a subject is male-dominated, people are encouraged to go for it, and it's praised as good for society. When there's more women than men? Then no, it's awful and bad and you should clearly be doing something else with your life, don't you know it's a waste of a degree?
katanity 29th-Apr-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah I remember thinking "huh, so for jobs we don't value as highly, they're women's jobs essentially"
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