Women Republicans Try to Explain Why Women Don’t Need Equal Pay

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has been working very hard to make inroads with the women of the state, many of whom, his campaign is concerned, would prefer his rival Democrat Wendy Davis when voting day comes. The worries aren’t misplaced; between tightening voter ID laws that could have a disproportionate impact on female voters, disseminating family planning funding, proposing regulations to close most of the abortion clinics in the state and refusing to expand Medicaid so more of the state’s uninsured could get coverage, the Texas GOP has systematically weighed in against nearly every aspect of the economic, healthcare and voting landscape that benefits women in the state.

Using women as campaign surrogates was expected to help Abbott better relate to women voters’ needs. Unfortunately, Abbott’s campaign spokeswomen aren’t any better at addressing the GOPs failure when it comes to women’s equality, especially economically.

Twice this week, Abbott surrogates have attempted to explain why equal pay measures aren’t necessary, despite the fact that women still continue to make less than male counterparts when they are working the same job and have the same experience. Cari Cristman, the executive director of a new GOP super PAC dedicating itself to winning Texas women voters, told a Dallas television station that equal pay laws are unnecessary since women are too “busy” to care about fair pay

“Well, if you look at it, women are extremely busy,” Cristman told WFAA TV. “We lead busy lives, whether working professionally, whether working from home, and times are extremely busy. It’s a busy cycle for women and we’ve got a lot to juggle. So when we look at this issue we think, what’s practical? And we want more access to jobs. We want to be able to get a higher education degree at the same time that we’re working or raising a family.”

Of course, equal pay wouldn’t stop any of these other “busy” things occupying women from still happening, and would actually make obtaining more education or raising a family easier since, if we were making full pay in comparison to a male in the same job, we wouldn’t have to work so many extra hours to earn the same take home pay as a man with the same position.

Cristman may believe that women don’t want fair and equal pay, but Texas Republican Party executive director Beth Cubriel thinks the real fault lies with women themselves for not being aggressive, like men are, during salary negotiations. “Men are better negotiators,” she told YNN’s “Capital Tonight.” “I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.”

Of course, GOP women unable to effectively advocate good reasons to be against fair pay isn’t just a Texas problem. Minnesota state Rep. Andrea Keiffer, in attempting to argue against the state’s proposed equal pay bill as part of a new women’s economic security policy platform, told the state that asking for pay equity actually hurt women and made them look like “whiners.”

“We heard several bills last week about women’s issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time,” State Rep. Andrea Keiffer said in a hearing, reports Huffington Post. “We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.”

The implications are clear ó women want to be paid less for the same work, so we can have outside interests. If we really wanted more money, we’d be aggressively asking for it, except, we can’t ask for more money because then we are whiners asking for special favors rather than being happy with what we receive so we can do these other, outside interests. Outside interests which coincidentally enough, appear to be obtaining more education, necessary in order to earn as much as men with less education, or taking care of our children, which we apparently are bearing the brunt of so our male partners can focus on their jobs, which bring in bigger paychecks.

No wonder the GOP is having such a hard time reaching women voters. Regardless of the gender of the mouth making the argument, the policies are still ones that simply don’t help women.

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Jerome S
Jerome S3 months ago


Jim Ven
Jim V3 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Dorothy Staby
Dorothy Stabyabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for the article.

Ruthie Sparkes
Ruthie S3 years ago

Steven, were you born from a test tube?
All men come from Women, the same Women you think don't deserve equal pay.
As for having a problem with the Women you have to pay for sex (aka 'dates') with, maybe YOU shouldn't 'date' that type if you find them so bad.. I'd suggest you date an independent Woman who would pay for herself, although considering you don't take nicely to feminists, that may be a bad idea.. A good Idea would be if you rethought the part you wrote on 'Female hypocrisy' and had a little think of your own hypocrisy

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm3 years ago

HAHAHAHAHAAHAH Steven Paid for sex very clever. I can see you hold women in high regard. With that attitude you SHOULD pay for it.

steve l.
Past Member 3 years ago

The gender pay gap is a myth. the 'statistics" promoted by self-serving "feminists" don't take into account such factors as part-time workers, pregnancy leave, etc., etc. When adjusted for these factors, the "gap" disappears. In many cases, women are out-earning men for the same job (yet you don't find women outraged at this sexism, no do you?).

This, plus women still expect to be paid for sex (aka dating). But equal rights means equal rights, not equal rights until the check comes. Female hypocrisy still holds sway.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Ellen G.. please step out of the right wing it has obviously warped your sanity.

Dennis D.
Dennis D3 years ago

Paul B. that post to Ellen is to you as well.. It is based on facts.. You know those pesky things you would like to see go away.. but darn it just can not be covered up. And a little FYI there Paul. You must really live in a delusional world to think that i have "handlers.

I can see a fact real well. And the facts tell me your party is one that has a large problem. That almost every one in your party refuses to see. Why? To afraid of looking not ideologically pure enough. That is a sad way to run a political party.

Dennis D.
Dennis D3 years ago

Ellen G. Thanks for projecting your stupidity..

At the same time lets examine which party wants to do what again.. Roll back the rights of woman. Fight tooth and nail against same gender marriage. Shut the Government down costing billions of dollars. As a side bonus losing the country triple A rating. Making any real recovery harder. Which party has tried to de-legitimize rape. In the most obnoxious displays of both religious bigotry and misogyny.

Which party has branded itself the party of NO!.

That right now because of a group called the tea party. Has forced the Speaker of the House to play stupid games just to be able to pass one the 8 budgets. By a voice vote no less. To afraid to make it apparent that the tea party is finished in Washington.

Hmm nothing there sounds manufactured to me.. Sounds like your party is going to have a tough times at the polls come Nov. .