Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that, based on 2013 tax filings, men made up the top eight most highly compensated employees at the Clinton Foundation, and that key women earned 63 cents for every dollar key men made. Friday, the Clinton Foundation responded to a Washington Examiner inquiry by claiming that women in leadership at the organization are actually paid more than men:
The Foundation also assured the Examiner that women in senior leadership roles, specifically, are, on average, paid more than their male colleagues (reverse wage gap?) and that non-leadership female employees are compensated, on average, at the same rate as male employees.
The Foundation did not provide any documentation to the Examiner, and the Examiner notes that there is no place on the Foundation's website to confirm the assertions. The Clinton Foundation had not responded to a request for further compensation documentation before THE WEEKLY STANDARD ran the original story.The Clinton Foundation also told the Examiner that, counting unpaid positions, more women than men hold leadership positions:
The Foundation also explained that there are 15 women and only 12 men in leadership positions at the organization. This number is achieved if you add up all the men and women listed on the foundation's website in leadership positions (including the Clintons themselves), but exclude the two men in charge of affiliated entities that are also listed on the leadership pages. If you include them, there are 15 women and 14 men in leadership positions at or affiliated with the Clinton Foundation.
An unrelated announcement by Bill Clinton on Friday presumably will result in at least one woman breaking into the Clinton Foundation's top compensated staff. The Wall Street Journal reports that, pending board approval, Donna Shalala, Bill Clinton's former health and human services secretary will be taking over as head of the organization, replacing Eric Braverman who resigned his CEO position in January.