Patricia Arquette’s income equality remarks during her Oscar acceptance speech have been met with sharp criticism, particularly by a columnist at a conservative outlet who noted the White House leaves much to be desired in regard to this very issue.
On Sunday, Arquette won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, Boyhood. About a minute into her remarks, she said the following:
To every women who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time… to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.
The United States Department of Labor went so far as to feature her in a tweet later that evening:
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Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist rebuffed Arquette’s remarks in an op-ed published Monday. “The White House has made ‘the wage gap’ a central talking point in its War on Women messaging against Republicans,” Hemingway said. “They have repeatedly claimed that women make a fraction of what men do for the exact same work. This is most definitely not true. It’s been debunked so many times that it’s almost silly.”
Hemingway pointed out two articles, one from Slate and one from The Wall Street Journal, which debunked the income inequality theory. She noted that the wage gap is simply calculated by taking the average amount of money that men make and comparing it to the average amount of money women make.
If that’s your standard – which is a joke of a standard, but let’s leave that aside – the White House suffers from a deeply alarming pay gap. And a pay gap that hasn’t gotten better since Obama took office.
We have two possible scenarios here. Either the White House – the headquarters of Mr. Equal Pay himself – suffers from a whopping pay gap of 13.3 percent, practicing unconscionable sexism by paying its female staffers an average of five figures ($10,100) less than the male staffers, or the White House is guilty of deception about pay gaps.
Separately, a new report from the Washington Free Beacon found former Secretary of State and prospective 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid women 72 cents for every dollar she paid men while she was in the U.S. Senate.