I don't know why this surprises me. Congressional Republicans just don't support equal pay for women, even (especially??) in their own congressional offices. National Journal used publicly available data to examine how much Congressional Democrats and Republicans pay their -- male and female -- staff.
In the House, women who work for Republicans made 84 cents on the dollar compared to male staffers. That's an average of $10,093.09 per year less than their male counterparts. Women who work for Democrats made 97 cents on the dollar as compared to men, which is an average of $1,473.65 less than male staffers.
In the US Senate women who work for Republicans did a tiny bit better -- 86 cents on the dollar compared to men. Their average annual pay was $9,805.85 less than men in Republican offices. Women who work for Democrats in the Senate made 92 cents on the dollar as compared to men, averaging $4,916.46 per year less than their male counterparts.
The pay disparity for women is even more disappointing in the offices of the Republican leadership according to the annual salary data (from LegiStorm) used for the NJ article.
|Senate leadership, Democratic |
|Male ||$78,131.62 |
|Female ||$73,708.60 |
|Senate leadership, Republican |
|Female ||$70,139.15 |
|House leadership, Democratic |
|Male ||$96,782.86 |
|Female ||$89,057.81 |
|House leadership, Republican |
|Male ||$97,874.53 |
|Female ||$73,320.14 |
Women who work for Republican Senate leaders make an average of $26,917.14 per year less than men. That's only 72 cents on the dollar as compared to men -- it's actually worse than the national average. Women have it almost as bad in the offices of House Republican leaders, where female staffers make $24,554.39 per year less, or about 75 cents on the dollar compared to men.
Bright young women seeking work on Capitol Hill would be wise to seek Democratic employers, because the War on Women is alive and well in GOP congressional offices.