On Meet the Press, former White House adviser David Axelrod asked Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) if pay equity laws are integral in ensuring equal pay for women — which, you know, is kind-of an important question because nearly one hundred percent of American women are working jobs that pay men more. Her response? Complete nonsense, with a side of sexism!
Or, more wordily:
AXELROD: How about pay equity laws to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace?
BLACKBURN: I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein — that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves.
Which, isn't really answering the question, as women currently account for forty percent of the primary breadwinners in the United States. Where things get dicier/sadder/more predictable is in the pay department — that's what Axelrod was asking about, and what she did not answer. Of course, Blackburn takes home her own fair and equitable pay every month — the same as any man in her position in the United States congress — so, really, why should this concern her?
We shouldn't be too surprised with her ridiculous stance — Blackburn consistently votes against a women's right to fair and equal pay. She opposed both the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2009 — oh, and here's a fun bonus! She was one of the charmers who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in February — "citing concerns that the law would protect 'different groups' such as Native American women and LGBT Americans from domestic violence alongside straight, white women." Yikes.
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