Barack Obama's White House Pays Women 18 Percent Less Than Men
Amid the Republicans' alleged "war on women," female employees in the Obama White House earn considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 report compiled by the White House, 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).
Calculating the median salary for each gender required some assumptions to be made based on the employee names. When unclear, every effort was taken to determine the appropriate gender, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Back in July 2010, President Obama declared, “Paycheck discrimination hurts families who lose out on badly needed income. And with so many families depending on women’s wages, it hurts the American economy as a whole.”
On Wednesday, the Obama campaign lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a 2009 law that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits.
The White House had no immediate comment on its salary differentials, and did not divulge if any Ledbetter suits had been filed on behalf of administration employees.