It is not news that workers in the United States face a gender pay gap. The stat that women make 76 cents for every dollar earned by a man, is widely known and widely reported. But there is news from the Trump White House that the pay gap for employees inside the edifice is even wider than the national average. In fact, it's wider than the national pay gap has been in 35 years.
According to a report from American Enterprise Institute (AEI) women working in the Trump White House make 63.2 cents for every dollar earned by a man. That is a gap of roughly 37%.
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These figures are about three times as stark as they were in the Obama White House, where the pay gap was still an issue but was narrowed to roughly 11%.
This past February, Trump did say that he backs equal pay for women. "Women should have absolute access to capital," he said on Morning Joe (before their massive feud). "If they do the same job, they should get the same pay."
So how did this gap happen in his White House and under his watch? A big reason is because in the Trump White House men hold most of the positions of power — meaning they get the bigger pay checks. Indeed only six of the 23 highest paying jobs in the White House are staffed by women.
The White House doesn't seem terribly rushed to remedy this breakdown, and we just hope that other employers don't follow suit.