US Senate Candidate: Women Don’t Want Equal Pay For Equal Work

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, currently running for a Senate seat, believes recognition is more important than equal pay.

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is currently vying for the Senate seat of retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, said in 2013 that women in America don’t want equal pay laws — they simply want recognition from their employers.

Via HuffPost:

> During a roundtable discussion on NBC’s Meet The Press, former White House advisor David Axelrod asked if the Tennessee lawmaker would support a law promoting workplace gender equality. Blackburn responded:

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> “I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves.”

And Blackburn’s voting record matches up with her statements about working women:

> Blackburn voted against the 2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a landmark bill for women’s rights in the workplace. The law makes it easier for women to file wage discrimination suits against employers. She also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009.

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Adagio4639
Adagio4639

"“I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies." Why would she ( or anybody ) say that? She's making a value judgment on a woman's worth. That's the dumbest thing she could come up with. Should she be paid less than a male Senator if she gets elected? She'll get the recognition she craves...just not the same pay. That's what being patronized means you moron. We'll pat you on the head and even call you Senator, but you don't paid the same as the boys do. After all, that's what's important. Right?

Radgalut
Radgalut

No i really want the equal pay. Why should you pay me less if i am doing the same job. I have worked as a woman in a traditionally male field. I have been paid less than junior male colleagues. Recognization. Just means they dump more shit on you and still pay you less

kgeukes
kgeukes

What women really want is legislators who aren't as ignorant as this buffoon!! Just wondering when Tennessee will catch up with the rest of the thinking country instead of following blindly along!!!

henryfacosta
henryfacosta

Wrong all the way. We want equal pay for equal work Recognition is great but it doens't pay the bills. Stop trying to set women backwards. Vote Blue for equality.