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The White House Flips, Then Flops on Women in the Workplace

Not as deft as Carney’s skillet flipping abilities.

7:18 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
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Why hasn’t the White House since tried to attribute the trend to Obamacare? Maybe because it would run counter to this month’s mantra: the gender pay gap. Apparently, the remaining job-locked women not freed from their shackles by Obamacare are once again facing oppression -- and not just from unequal wages. From January to March of this year, an additional 216,000 women became unemployed (seasonally adjusted, women 16 and older). One wonders how many of those women were taking Nancy Pelosi’s advice and “following their passions,” and how many received unwelcome layoff notices, directly or indirectly related to Obamacare.

The 77-cents pay disparity factoid has been roundly debunked by many, and the general consensus is that controlling for various factors like career choices, hours worked, and taking time off to raise a family, women make roughly the same as men. In fact, Warren Farrell, author of “Why Men Earn More,” calculated that single, childless women in their 20s “earn 17 cents more on every dollar a man of the same age makes.”

As if Jay Carney’s verbal gymnastics trying to defend the White House’s median pay gap and still attack the private sector for its gap weren’t hypocrisy enough, let’s also not forget that this is the same White House that Ron Suskind wrote about in “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President,” in which he detailed an atmosphere of female exclusion. White House communications director Anita Dunn declared, “this place would be in court for a hostile workplace....Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Council of Economic Advisers chair Christina Romer “felt like a piece of meat” after Larry Summers’s behavior in a meeting.

And if that still isn’t a satisfactory level of hypocrisy, we were also treated to a rare inside view of Carney’s life this month. The Washingtonian highlighted Carney’s wife Claire Shipman’s new book (which her husband hawked from the White House podium last month). Aside from the much ridiculed and photoshopped pictures, the substance of the article is quite informative.

Not only does ABC contributor Shipman admit that women are different than men -- a carnal feminist sin -- she also contends that women may be in part to blame for disparities in the workplace.

Men are more comfortable taking risks, and tend to more easily shrug off failure. Women, on the other hand, stew, worry, ruminate, and second-guess themselves…..

‘We are hoping that by thinking of confidence as a key factor in success, women will start to understand it’s not just that the deck is stacked against us or that the workplace isn’t fair,’ she says. ‘It’s also that our lack of confidence may be a factor in affecting what we can achieve.’

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