The Gender Pay Gap in Senators' Offices

  • Cal Thomas Syndicated Columnist
  • Published May 25, 2012
The Gender Pay Gap in Senators' Offices

You have to love the hypocrisy of Congress, which passes laws for everyone except themselves.

The Washington Free Beacon reports a glaring gender gap between what senators pay their male and female staff members. And this includes the office of female senators.

Of the five senators who participated in a news conference -- Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer -- three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers. Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a "war on women" is one of the worst offenders, according to the Beacon. Female members of Murray's staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011. That's a 35.2 percent difference. And Murray is among the female senators who last week called for an end to the so-called "gender pay gap." She might start with her own office.

A significant gender gap also exists in Feinstein's office, where men make $21,000 more than women, and in Barbara Boxer's office, where there is a $5,000 difference. Read more in the Washington Free Beacon.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: May 28, 2012