Hillary Clinton Faces Question She Never Saw Coming
byEricka SouterAug 25, 2015
There is one politically charged issue that affects every working woman: the gender wage gap. There is little debate
that it exits. According to the Pew Research Center, a woman would have to work
three extra months to earn what her male counterpart makes from January to
December. It's a debate all the
presidential candidates are well aware of, but it was given renewed attention during
Hillary Clinton's August town hall meeting in Las Vegas.
A grade-school age supporter asked Clinton if she will earn
as much as a man if she were elected. Not surprisingly, the question elicited
thunderous applause from the audience and a huge smile from Clinton. "Well,
this is one of the jobs they have to pay you the same," she responded. "But
there are so many examples where that doesn't happen—where women doing the
same job are not paid the same." She went on to promise that as president, she
would do everything she can to ensure equal pay in every industry.
That goal, however, won't be easy to achieve, and she knows
it. Clinton was lead sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 but Senate
Republicans successfully voted to block it. That bill would have banned employers from telling workers not to talk about
pay and limit what could be used as a justification for gender pay differences.
Clinton also co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which
allows women more time to bring wage discrimination complaints against and
employer. This isn't just political bluster for the former first lady. When she
was a senator, she paid the men and women on her staff equally. We wonder if
her campaign rivals can claim the same?