President Barack Obama underscored his efforts to eliminate gender pay disparities in his weekly address Saturday, accusing his Republican counterparts of attempting to stymie reforms that are aimed at benefiting women.
“On issues that would benefit millions of women, Republicans in Congress have blocked progress at every turn,” Obama said.
Earlier in his address, the president contended that women are earning less than men doing the same work, calling it “wrong” and “an embarrassment” in 2014.
“You see, the average woman who works full-time in America earns less than a man – even when she’s in the same profession and has the same education,” Obama said.
Many conservatives, however, disagree with the president’s analysis. A post this month by the conservative Heritage Foundation was aimed largely at debunking Obama’s talking points.
“…no matter how many times the Left says it, is absolutely false when you compare apples to apples.”
“When you compare women and men who are doing the same job and have similar educational backgrounds and experience, the wage gap all but disappears. The whole ‘women make 77 cents for every dollar men make,’ line, no matter how many times the Left says it, is absolutely false when you compare apples to apples,” the conservative non-profit argued.
In fact, according to Heritage, “twenty-something women without children, living in metropolitan areas, earn 8 percent more on average than their male counterparts, according to 2008 Census data.”
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