Report: Women In The Trump White House Earn 69 Cents For Every $1 Men Earn

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The gender pay gap widened from 89 cents on the dollar in Obama’s final year to 63 cents in Trump’s first year.

The Detroit Free Press reports that an analysis of the 2020 median salaries in President Donald Trump’s White House showed that women in his administration make about 69 cents to the $1 that men earn.

  • The analysis, conducted by The 19th, “found a $33,300 chasm between the salary for male staffers ($106,000) and the salary for female staffers ($72,700).”
  • This is worse than the national gender pay gap, according to the report, which stands at 82 cents on the dollar.

The numbers reflect what economists call the “raw” gender pay gap, meaning they don’t adjust for experience, education, title or other factors. The national figure is also a reflection of the raw gender pay gap. Neither is a full representation of the entire picture, leaving out the complexities of occupational segregation and the challenges of access that plague women trying to move up to positions of leadership.

But stacked against each other, they do show a persisting pay gap between men and women. (The Trump administration does not appear to have any staffers who identify as nonbinary, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality).

  • C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, told the publication:

“To avoid addressing structural and institutional gender discrimination in terms of pay equity, the go-to is to talk about position and title when, in fact, that’s not what’s driving pay inequity. It’s decisions that are being made from the top down about the valuing of women’s work and how much they should be paid.”

  • The report noted that women who worked in President Barack Obama’s White House “were paid 84 to 89 cents for every $1 paid to male staffers, though that gap was narrower than the national gender pay gap in those years.”

The gender pay gap widened from 89 cents on the dollar in 2016, the final year Obama was in office, to 63 cents the first year Trump was in office, according to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

Read the full report.


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