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Wed Mar 16, 2016, 11:28 AM

An Investigation: Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities?

An Investigation: Which Presidential Campaigns Have the Largest Gender Wage Disparities?
A Jezebel analysis of campaign finance data has found that of the six active presidential campaigns, four have significant gender wage disparities. Most notably, Ted Cruzís campaign on average pays male staffers $20,000 more than female staffers, and of the ten highest paid staffers on Bernie Sandersí campaign, not a single one is a woman.

At the end of January, Elizabeth May Davidson, a 26-year-old Iowa field organizer for Donald Trump, filed a discrimination complaint against the campaign for a workplace that was hostile to women: she alleged the campaign regularly paid men more than women for the same jobs, allowed men to take on a more significant role in producing rallies, and that the first time she met Trump, he made a comment about her appearance.

Unless an employee files an official workplace complaint like Davidson did, these campaigns are largely opaque, closed shops. The one thing we do have access to, however, is information about pay.

We looked at year-end finance reports for each campaign to attempt to gauge how close each staff was to gender parity: Do presidential campaigns employ a comparable number of women to men? Do they pay female employees equitably? Are an equal number of women given leadership roles and salaries to match?

This article highlights how election campaigns, especially among Republicans, is still a good old boys club.

Cruz appears to be a charter member.

Article also posted at: http://www.democraticunderground.com/110775343

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