Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Governor Romney, Pay Equity For Women?"

In last night's second presidential debate an audience member asked the following question.
 " In what new ways to you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?"
President Obama mentioned that the first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and then the president said:
"This is not just a women's issue, this is a family issue, this is a middle-class issue, and that's why we've got to fight for it."
Then it was Romney's turn
CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?
 ROMNEY: Thank you. And important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.  And I — and I went to my staff, and I said, "How come all the people for these jobs are — are all men." They said, "Well, these are the people that have the qualifications." And I said, "Well, gosh, can't we — can't we find some — some women that are also qualified?"
  The correct answer is YES.  Absolutely Yes!  Mitt Romney did not once address pay equity in his remarks.  He talked about "binders full of women" and flexible hours but women getting paid less than men for the same work, not a problem for Mitt Romney.   Mitt Romney's campaign was asked by Sam Stein in April if he supported the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, "Sam, we'll get back to you on that".  Mitt Romney's VP choice Paul Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.   When women make 72% less than men for the same work, their families suffer, but corporations pocket the 28% difference as profit.  Do you think Mitt Romney sees that 28% as a loss for families or a gain for corporations?

Video and transcript of the second debate is here.

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