Glass Ceiling?

Female staffers earning less than male staffers in the White House

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The White House released its annual report on staff salaries this week, and there are some disparities between the wages earned by male and female staffers. While the White House employs more women than men (263 women to 209 men) and an equal number of women and men earn the highest salary on the list, there is still a 15.8 percent difference between the median earnings of the male and female staffers. However, in looking through the report, it is clear that this disparity has very little to do with gender discrimination, and can be explained by other factors such as different position levels, years of experience and age. This could highlight a streak of hypocrisy in both wage gap activists and Obama’s approach to labeling any wage gap disparity as gender discrimination. Most pay gaps are presented as the difference between the median salaries of the two genders and while there is quite a significant one in the White House, it, as in the general economy, is likely not as a result of gender discrimination, according to an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute.

Read the full story at AEI.

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