President Obama has signed two executive orders today to narrow the wage gap between men and women.
The first one prohibits federal workers from retaliating against other federal workers who discuss their paychecks. In addition, he directed the Labor Department to create rules for a new requirement of federal contractors to provide compensation data by race and gender.
Despite the news, even the White House isn’t immune to the gender wage gap on National Equal Pay Day. Per press secretary Jay Carney, women at the White House earn 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Sigh.
According to The Washington Post, during a briefing yesterday Carney explained to reporters:
“What I can tell you is that we have as an institution here have aggressively addressed this challenge, and obviously, though, at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not a hundred, but it is better than the national average. And when it comes to the bottom line that women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same, there is no question that that is happening here at the White House at every level.”
It should be noted that he pointed out their two deputy chiefs of staff — one man and one woman — earn the same salary. He added, “There’s work to be done across the country and we need to engage on that.”
According to the piece, Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and author of the AEI study, mentioned the gap may not be based on discrimination but actually based on women and men working in different roles.