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AEI scholar proposes 'White House equal pay day' to highlight administration's gender wage gap

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Mark J. Perry, a scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, proposed calling Feb. 20 "White House equal pay day” because that is how long into the year that female White House staffers would have to work to earn as much as their male counterparts from last year.

“That date symbolizes how far into the year 2014 a typical female White House staffer will have to continue working to earn the $73,729 that her male counterpart earned in 2013,” Perry said. “By creating the White House equal pay day, we can recognize the injustice of the gender wage gap at the White House by marking how far into each new year female White House employees have to work just to make what men earned in the previous year.”

Female White House staffers typically earn 12 percent less than male staffers, with the median annual salary for women in 2013 being $65,000.

President Obama talks a big game about income inequality - even continually pushing the myth that women make 77 cents to the dollar that men earn - but when it comes to his own administration, a real wage gap does exist.

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