Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been a crusader for so-called “equal pay” laws that require men and women be paid equally for work.
However, it has emerged that Warren’s female staffers only make 71 percent of what the male staffers make.
Equal Pay Day, created two decades ago by the National Committee on Pay Equity, is scheduled by using the Census Bureau annual unadjusted gender pay gap to determine how far into the next year women would have to work to match annual earnings of men. Last year’s figures, showing that women earned 79.6 percent of what men earned, put Equal Pay Day on Tuesday April 4, more than three months into the calendar year.
However, women working for Warren were paid just 71 cents for every dollar paid to men during the 2016 fiscal year, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
The median annual earnings for women staffers, $52,750, was more than $20,000 less than the median annual earnings for men, $73,750, according to the analysis of publicly available Senate data.
This continues a pattern of hypocrisy for the woman who is widely seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. For example, Warren views herself as a champion of the average American against “the 1 percent.” But that has not stopped her from trying to sic the government on the home-sharing service Airbnb, which has delivered benefits for the middle class. In many cases, Airbnb helps middle class homeowners make their mortgage payments.
Elizabeth Warren also loves to rail against banks and Wall Street, but that hasn’t stopped her from taking Wall Street’s campaign money. Warren is also a supporter the Export-Import Bank, whose loans and credit guarantees disproportionately benefit Wall Street.
Warren’s hypocrisies could be a reason why she has become unpopular in her home state. A poll in January conducted for WBUR in Boston found that only 44 percent of Massachusetts voters think she should be reelected. Given how much of a Democratic stronghold Massachusetts is, those numbers should be worrying.
Elizabeth Warren has only herself to blame. Democrats would be foolish to continue making her the voice of their party.