Why To Read Beyond The Headlines On Equal Pay And The White House

July 12, 2017

Breaking news from CNN: White House women earn less than their male coworkers. The news, to many, lends more evidence to the theory of the gender wage gap—that women face widespread discrimination in the workplace and get paid less just because they are women. As usual with the equal pay issue, the headline presents a much starker picture for women than is actually the case.

According to the article headlined, “White House pays women 80 cents for every dollar paid to men,” CNN found that, “[w]omen working in the White House earn an average salary of 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male colleagues.” While the average salary among men is about $104,000, the average salary among women is only approximately $83,000.