Equal Pay in President Obama’s White House

This President and this Administration take a back seat to no one on promoting women in workforce.

If you look at the President’s record in this area, his actions speak for themselves. The President’s two Supreme Court nominees were both extraordinary women and by all accounts have already made outstanding contributions to the Court as it deliberates and rule on issues that impact the daily lives of men and women across the country. Many of the President’s most important agenda items are implemented by women Cabinet secretaries – like Secretaries Clinton at the State Department, Napolitano at Department of Homeland Security, Sebelius at Health and Human Services, and Solis at the Department of Labor.

Equal pay legislation deems there should be equal pay for equal work. That’s what we have at the White House.

For example, we have three Deputy Chiefs of Staff – two of whom are women — and they all make the same salary.

4/30/12: Washington Times: “Jennifer Lawless, Who Runs The Women And Politics Institute At American University, Gives Mr. Obama Credit For Hiring More Senior Women And Paying Them Better Than Those In Previous Administrations…Aside From His White House Staff, Mr. Obama Has Appointed Women To A Range Of Top Positions, Including Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor And Elena Kagan; Health Care Senior Aide Ms. Deparle; Mrs. Jarrett; And Ms. Barnes.” “Jennifer Lawless, who runs the Women and Politics Institute at American University, gives Mr. Obama credit for hiring more senior women and paying them better than those in previous administrations. She said voters care more about the national policies benefiting women that Mr. Obama promotes than the dynamics behind the scenes at the White House. ‘The fact that Valerie Jarrett or Condi Rice is at the table doesn’t necessarily translate into better policies for women as a whole,’ she said. Aside from his White House staff, Mr. Obama has appointed women to a range of top positions, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan; health care senior aide Ms. DeParle; Mrs. Jarrett; and Ms. Barnes.” [Washington Times, 4/30/12]

4/30/12: Washington Times: “President Obama’s Top Female White House Aides Earn More On Average Than Their Male Counterparts, A Reversal From The Pattern In The George W. Bush Administration, The Washington Times Found In An Analysis Of 2011 Pay Records. Top Female Employees On Average Earned Nearly 4 Percent More Than Top Male Employees Under Mr. Obama, Compared With A Deficit Of 12 Percent Under Mr. Bush.” “President Obama’s top female White House aides earn more on average than their male counterparts, a reversal from the pattern in the George W. Bush administration, The Washington Times found in an analysis of 2011 pay records. Top female employees on average earned nearly 4 percent more than top male employees under Mr. Obama, compared with a deficit of 12 percent under Mr. Bush…In a broader survey of the 121 White House employees who were paid at least $100,000, 47 are women and 74 are men. That is only slightly better than in 2003, the third year of the Bush administration, when 39 of the top 121 employees were women.” [Washington Times, 4/30/12]

4/30/12: Washington Times: “In 2011, Mr. Obama Had Seven Women Compared With 14 Men Making The Top White House Salary — $172,000 — An Increase Of Three Women In The Top Ranks From The Bush Administration’s Third Year.” “In 2011, Mr. Obama had seven women compared with 14 men making the top White House salary — $172,000 — an increase of three women in the top ranks from the Bush administration’s third year. Those women are: Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser; Melody Barnes, director of domestic policy; Stephanie Cutter, who served as deputy senior adviser before moving to the campaign; Nancy-Ann DeParle and Alyssa Mastromonaco, deputy chiefs of staff; Kathryn Ruemmler, White House counsel; and Christina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.” [Washington Times, 4/30/12]