At the recently concluded G20 Summit, equality for women was a major focus. Experts point out, however, that President Trump may need to look inside his own administration before lecturing others in the world about this issue. Women in the administration are earning about 63 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn.
Trump’s Ratio Much Worse than Obama’s or Bush’s
This discrepancy is much larger than in President Obama’s and President George W. Bush’s administration. During the last year of President Obama’s administration, women earned 91 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earned. During President Bush’s administration, women earned about 75 cents for every dollar that men earned.
Lack of Women in Top Positions
Part of the reason for the discrepancy is that President Trump has not appointed as many women to top positions in his administration as former presidents. President Obama appointed about 635 women to fill the 1,869 full-time positions at the White House while President George W. Bush appointed about 635 women. So far, President Trump has appointed only 467 women to positions.
Women in Trump’s Cabinet
Trump appointed 20 people to work in his cabinet. Those selections include only three females. He appointed Elaine Chao as the Secretary of Transportation. He also appointed Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education. Finally, he appointed Governor Nikki Haley as the Ambassador to the United Nations.
Ivanka Trump’s Promise
While Ivanka Trump has promised to make equal pay for equal work a priority in America, it seems that she may need to start with her Dad’s administration. In fact, starting at home may be the right move because the average United States company pays women 83 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn.