Obama’s White House Paying Women 18% Less Than Men On Average

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after delivering remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy in Washington

Could we call it a…war on women?

Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.

According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits…

It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.

Honestly, I don’t think the Obama administration is engaged in any sort of discrimination – wage or otherwise – against women. I suspect that the disparity in pay is entirely circumstantial, having to do with the experience, abilities, job histories and personal choices of the employees themselves rather than their genders.

Which is also, by the way, largely the explanation for the wage gap between the genders in the private sector as well. It’s not discrimination so much as men and women being different, and having different priorities. Men tend to be more career-driven then women, and value things like monetary compensation over time off and schedule flexibility, which are things more important to women.

But according to the left’s equal outcomes doctrine, where these sort of disparities are assumed to be the immediate result of discrimination, President Obama has a serious problem. If this were a Republican administration, you can bet we’d be hearing from the appropriate activists. But leftists don’t often hold themselves to their own standards.

It’s not about equal outcomes. Outcomes are determined individuals and the decisions they make. What we should be concerned with is equal opportunity. If women, afforded the same opportunities as men, wind up making less than men (or vice versa) so be it.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    It’s just a glimpse of the true misogynist with his mask of equality removed.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Now that’s what I call ” a Democrat WAR on Women”

  • WOOF

     Republicans are desperately seeking a way
     to separate women voters from Democrats.

    Payback’s a

    • mikemc1970

       So you approve of Obamas misogyny and his hollow lip service to equality. Shocker.

  • Bat One

    Do as I say, not as I do!  Typical liberal Democrat.

  • Sparkie Arbuckle

    Rob is being dishonest by omitting facts.

    First, he admits that the White House facts merely compare men to women and do not compare similarly qualified people in similar positions to one another.  So the statistic means nothing.  Port points that out.  Bat One must have missed that since he is gloating.

    Next, Port pretends that the comparisons that feminist complaints are based on are just like the White House one under consideration.  They aren’t.  Those comparisons involve like experience and like positions, finding that women get paid less.  Short people get paid less too.  Yawn.  Being a tall guy gives you an unfair advantage because of human psychology, not because tall men tend to be more career oriented.

    Learn how to frigging reason.  Please.  I even sent you a primer on the subject in the mail.  Pick it up.  Flip through it.  Stick it next to the toilet or something.

    • Bat One

      Your assessment is interesting (with the exception that I don’t gloat).  But what you say is largely irrelevant.  Not because it isn’t true, but because liberal Democrat squawking about “pay equality” rarely if ever address questions of job similarities, length of experience or previous levels of accomplishment.

      Besides, this is a great item to throw back at the Left’s silly sh*t about a GOP war on women.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Actually, Ive seen studies indicating that women who have the same caree tracks as men typically get paid more.

      For all your silly posturing, you dont stray far from the dogmatic liberal talking points. Didnt anyone teach you to think for yourself?

      • Sparkie Arbuckle

        Those would be good studies to link here, but you don’t because they don’t exist or they were done by partisan hacks who fit their study to the results.

        I have been up and down on that literature.  The correlations are not made up.

    • two_amber_lamps


      Learn how to frigging reason.  Please.  I even sent you a primer on the
      subject in the mail.  Pick it up.  Flip through it.  Stick it next to
      the toilet or something.

      We’d ask you to do the same but you’re usually a bit too preoccupied to read while using the toilet….


  • mickey_moussaoui

    I don’t believe that obama’s support from women is as solid as they predict. There are plenty of wives out there whose husbands have lost their jobs because of obama’s pathetic leadership.

    • Sparkie Arbuckle

      There are probably some women out there who have lost jobs as well.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        true, obama’s policies are hurting everyone. It’s good to see you finally get it

    • WOOF

      It’s not just support for OB 1, those “skanks” can hold a grudge.

      • two_amber_lamps

         SEXIST TROLL!

      • mikemc1970

        True, no one holds a grudge like a feminist. Hillary won’t even be stumping for him or attending the convention. Do you think her supporters have forgotten the misogyny from your Dear Leader during the 08 primary?

  • borborygmi

    Shame on them if this is true. Republicans you would think be happy at least the social conservatives.   They always wanted women b-p-and in the kitchen.  Hmmm less pay mean less tax dollars spent…. Why aren’t the Conservatives jumping up and down for joy.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    And now obama is attacking Ann Romney with ‘SHE
    HAS NEVER WORKED A DAY IN HER LIFE’  …  as if obama had before his selection for American Idol

    lol, give me a break. Democrats HATE real women

    • A Citizen

       About not working… 380,000 file for unemployment last week

    • borborygmi

      definition of real women?

      • Bat One

        The definition of a real woman is probably best left up to each woman to decide for herself.  You understand the meaning of the word “individual” don’t you?

        • borborygmi

          I will go with that but then Mick brought up real women.  I was wondering what his definition is.   

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Mr. Mouse, you do know that statement was made by a CNN employee who has nothing to do with any Presidential campaign, dontcha mouse?

      gop’s war on women is in high gear.

      • Jerry

        ” gop’s war on women is in high gear.”

        I didn’t know that Bill Maher was part of the gop.
        You fucking dope!

  • mikemc1970

    I think we get a good indicator of what Obama thinks of conservative women in general from the remarks of frequent white house visitor and consultant Hillary Rosen.

    • borborygmi

      axelrod slammed her, Mrs Obama chastised her.  Hillary Rosen,  and individual woman, making a stupid statement (although take in context not as bad as the line is taken out of context but then it is an election year)  an individual stupid statement about another individual.  

      • mikemc1970

        Which was an attempt to distant themselves from her. She’s been to the Whitehouse 35 times. Gen. Petreaus 9. She’s a bigger part of the administration than the General directing the armies.

  • Armando Ortiz

    It’s just really too bad you Conservative drones didn’t sort the data by similar position, which shows how stupid you really are.

    All you did was glob everybody together and showed the MEDIAN ranges…and no, I don’t have a statistics degree – I used common sense, which is more than I can say for you.  Then again, I’d expect nothing less from your Conservative nutjobs.