Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Repealed Because “Money Is More Important For Men”

As Jessica Pieklo reported yesterday, the Governor of Wisconsin, with little notice or discussion, repealed the state’s Equal Pay law. For Scott Walker, it was no doubt the most logical step in his ongoing war on women and the working class, as the Equal Pay Law protected not just women but any protected class.

But for the Republican who was most enthusiastic about rescinding the law, it was really about fairness. After all, according to him, money is more “important” for men.

Over at the Daily Beast, Michelle Goldberg writes a detailed account of the repeal and the effect it will have in the state. Goldberg also interviews Republican state senator Glenn Grothman, who was an enthusiastic fan of repealing the law. According to Grothman, not only is there no actual pay gap between the sexes, if there was one it wouldn’t matter anyway. After all, men need money more than women do, since they have families to support. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told Goldberg. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.

Grothman’s views on women in the workplace is very 1960s sitcom to start with, but his understanding of breadwinning is even more so. Many families have two breadwinners, as both partners either chose to or have to both be in the workplace. And the majority of families lead by just one parent have mothers at the helm.

Then again, when asked about his source for his figures that prove there is no wage gap between the sexes, Grothman stated it was Ann Coulter. That’s sound research to base legislation on.

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pam w.
pam w.3 years ago


The day single mothers get ''across the board'' discounts on utilities, gas, food, rent, insurance, vehicles, taxes and clothing....I'll support the idea that they don't ''deserve'' equal pay.

Until then....this is illegal discrimination and should be cause for penalites!

Jen N.
Jen N.3 years ago

Oh he got his data from Ann Coulter? Who here believes her about this anti-feminist but a working woman herself anyway?

Jen N.
Jen N.3 years ago

I hardly find it surprising that this guy lacks a college degree his mentality shows a lack of critical thinking and a desire to wage war on women who do not want to be wives and mothers. I think that what Governor Walker really meant to say is that SOME men have stay at home wives and families and that if he can pay women enough less that they'll have no choice but to become wives and mothers. I'd be a nun first.

Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

gag me before I say something about Wisconsin being governed by someone without a functioning full deck.

Jack Everett
Jack Everett4 years ago

Wisconsin had a chance to put in real leadership but they decided to vote for Koch and his dog on a leash Walker. Right now the teabaggers are celebrating but I doubt they will like it long when they find out their wages for any job are going to be reduced to McDonald's wages and their taxes will go up to support the Koch no bid contracts.

I hope every person that voted for Walker gets exactly what they deserve.

Kristen W.
Kristen W.4 years ago

This is insane.

Valerie Nelson
Valerie Nelson4 years ago

So, men are the breadwinners so they should be paid more? That's smacks of Communism: from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. Conservatism = Communism.

Romon A.
Past Member 4 years ago

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don wreford
don wreford4 years ago

Karen, maybe Walker is a schizophrenic Christian, rather than you leaving Wisconsin to Walker, the majority should vote him out, otherwise what is this message saying about the people who live in Wisconsin?
I note Women of Sri Lanka, clear land mines for $50 a week, many lose their lives, the problem of men and women are formidable and stretch far and wide, a cultural historical divide, that is insidious and as yet we have no cure, many clever people claim to have the answer, the tests are still in the experimental stage and are prohibited to be used on humans, until the board approves of further tests and outcomes, the board of directors are all men, and they are only doing their best for women.
That is I suspect when they prove themselves to the board that they are as responsible as what men are?
i.e. as for example of the "whole man" James Murdock, a fine example of truth and honesty.

Jack Everett
Jack Everett4 years ago

Walker is not against equal pay for his wife or the Koch Stepford wives he is only against equal wages for working women that know what a real job is.