“And this, then, is not only about fairness and equality, it’s about transparency. Show us what you got.”
After Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced a plan meant to address the “gender wage gap,” the Washington Free Beacon revealed Tuesday that her own office and campaign pay male workers more than women.
Harris’ proposal, rolled out Sunday at a California rally for her Democratic presidential campaign, would fine corporations 1 percent of profits for every 1 percent in wage gap they allow. Under the plan, the onus would be on companies to prove that any disparities in pay for men and women were not the result of factors such as merit, performance or seniority.
According to the Beacon’s analysis, Harris’ Senate office reported paying women 94 cents for every dollar it paid men in its most recent financial disclosure, which covered April 1, 2019 to September 31, 2018. The median salary for men during that time period was $34,999. For women, it was $32,999.
For the previous six-month period, the numbers were $27,167 for men versus $25,749.97 for women.
Meanwhile, Harris’ presidential campaign disbursements in the month of February showed a 13 percent gender pay gap. The median salary disbursement to women was $5,763.97. Men got $6,632.23.
The California senator touted her plan as “the most aggressive equal pay proposal in history.”
“What I am proposing is we shift the burden. It should not be on that working woman to prove it, it should instead be on that large corporation to prove they’re paying people for equal work equally,” Harris said Sunday to supporters. “It’s that simple, it’s literally that simple. And this, then, is not only about fairness and equality, it’s about transparency. Show us what you got. That’s it.”
According to a recent Harvard study, which largely echoes that of previous research on the subject, most of the pay gap virtually disappears once men’s tendency to work more hours than women is taken into account.