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Hodge: Trump’s wage gap views highlight executive hypocrisy

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by the Collegian or its editorial board.

This past Tuesday was the official Equal Pay Day, the day marking where women’s wages catch up with the wages of our male counterparts from 2016. In 1996, the National Committee on Pay Equity made April 4th national “Equal Pay Day” to help raise awareness on the gender wage gap and represent how much longer woman must work. Women work an additional three months on average to make the same yearly wages of men. The holiday was celebrated all over social media by many political figures including First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.


The new official White House adviser posted a statement to Instagram saying, “Closing the gender pay gap is critical to the economic empowerment of American women, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to come together in pursuit of equal pay. I am proud to work towards this goal alongside my father and in support of the administration’s commitment to women and families.”

Such bold support from the Trump’s on wage equality came as a shock to many due to Trump’s recent actions. On March 27, a mere week before Equal Pay Day, President Trump signed an executive order revoking the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order. These orders created in 2010, introduced more protections for women in the workforce and demanded more transparency from corporations and companies that use pay walls to keep wages undisclosed leading to more wage discrimination between male and female employees. These orders were fought hard for and help keep sexual harassment and discrimination out of our workforce. These protections and issues are not being valued by our president.

This is not a media manipulation, but rather manipulation from the administration to the public. The actions of our president and his administration directly contradict their statements and public sentiments.


There are people, especially right-wing media outlets like Fox News, that support Trump’s executive order because they have written off the wage gap as a myth or discredit the many factual and reliable statistics. This is easily debunked. The wage gap is a real issue. According to national census wage reports women are paid  20 percent less than men on average.

Even though the president and his administration have created no policies or substantial work towards these issues, and they are derailing most of the progress that has been made. They have admitted and emphasized that the gender wage gap and employment discrimination are serious issues in our country.

We need to recognize the hypocrisy of our leadership. While some still claim President Trump is doing exactly what he said in his campaign, many of his actions have been double-sided and contradictory of themselves.

Another example of our commander in chief’s hypocrisy and snake-like behavior on behalf of his administration are exemplified through the First Family’s living expenses.

The First Family currently resides in three locations and is the first presidential family to not reside full time in the White House. According to budget request documents released by the U.S Secret Service to The Washington Post, it will take an addition $60 million in funding to keep with their security and travel expenses alone. Funding the First Family and their expensive lifestyle comes from taxpayer dollars. We pay for the First Lady to live in Trump Tower and for President Trump to fly back to his Florida estate, also known as the “Winter White House” every other week.


These are extravagances our country cannot afford to pay for and they are taking funds away from programs our country desperately needs. This is not “making America great.”

It is extremely hypocritical considering Trump’s new budget proposal. Trump has proposed cutting spending to many crucial programs and systems. Trump’s administration cut the education budget by $9.2 billion and decreasing funding towards environmental programs by 31 percent, almost dismantling the EPA. All of this on top of cutting other small budget programs dedicated to the arts and supporting other low income demographics.

Trump claims these programs are “not effective, that duplicate other efforts and they do not serve national needs.” Our country needs a better education system. Our country needs environmental protections , funding for clean energy and climate research. Our country needs orders that end workplace discrimination and ends the gender pay gap. What our country doesn’t need is a administration that lacks transparency and a president that cares more about his presidential privileges and business relations more than his citizens.

Sadly, it is not surprising to see actions like this from a president who has shown to blatantly disregard women in the past, but Ivanka Trump, who has built her platform advocating for women this serves as a serious red flag. We need a woman that will stand up and be a real voice for American women, not one that just uses her daddy’s.

Jayla can be reached at and on Twitter @Jayla_hodge


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    PeacePromoterApr 7, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Re: “Trump claims these programs are “not effective, that duplicate other efforts….”

    He’s right regarding the gender wage gap. Here are some of the other efforts, all of which have failed to closed the gap:

    -The national War Labor Board mandated in World War I that if women must undertake work normally done by men, they should earn equal pay for that work
    -President Einsenhower’s equal-pay urging in his 1956 State of the Union Address
    -The 1963 Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
    -Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
    -The 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    -Affirmative action (created for blacks but has benefited mostly white women, the group most vocal about the wage gap –
    -The 1991 amendments to Title VII
    -The 1991 Glass Ceiling Commission created by the Civil Rights Act
    -The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act
    -The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    -The Americans with Disability Act (Title I)
    -Workplace diversity
    -The countless state and local laws and regulations
    -The thousands of company mentors for women
    -The horde of overseers at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    -TV’s and movies’ last three decades of casting women as thoroughly integrated into the world of work (even in the ultra-macho world of spying, James Bond’s boss is a woman)
    -The National Labor Relations Act
    -The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2009, after he campaigned repeatedly on a promise to close the gender wage gap, but failed even though for his first two years of his presidency the Democrats controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives
    -The 2010 National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force
    -It is highly likely that the 2016 EEO-1 report, which begins collecting summary pay data, will join this list of failed measures.

    Women’s advocates insist employers everywhere pay women less than men for doing exactly the same work in the exact same occupations and careers, working side-by-side with men on the same job for the same organization, working the same number of hours per week, traveling the same amount of time for work obligations, with the same exact work experience and education, with exactly the same level of productivity.

    Yet these advocates also seem to think employers’ prime modus operandi is greed. (“Corporate greed” may be one of the Left’s more salient rallying calls.) Thus they no doubt believe employers would hire only illegal immigrants for their lower labor cost if they could get away with it (many do get away with it), or would move their business to a cheap-labor country to save money, or would replace old workers with young ones for the same reason.

    So why do these same advocates think employers would NOT hire only women if, as they say, employers DO get away with paying females at a lower rate than males for the same work?

    Many of America’s most sophisticated women choose to earn less than their male counterparts:

    “Female physicians worked about 5 hours fewer per week than their male counterparts through age 54….”

    “In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women from Cejka’s 2005 survey.”

    “…[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelor’s degree from a top school are working full time.” It “is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations’ top ranks.”

    “Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable”

    See the real reasons the wage gap hasn’t closed after thousands of measures over many decades:

    “Salary Secrecy — Discrimination Against Women?”

    “If Iceland’s So Gender Equal, Then Why Has It Such A Large Gender Pay Gap?”


    Liberals’ persistent, politically motivated distortion of the gender wage gap has, I believe, resulted in this:

    “Republicans don’t have near as big a woman problem as Democrats have a man problem.” WSJ

    And this:

    “The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble: In state government things are worse, if anything. The GOP now controls historical record number of governors’ mansions, including a majority of New England governorships. Tuesday’s election swapped around a few state legislative houses but left Democrats controlling a distinct minority. The same story applies further down ballot, where most elected attorneys general, insurance commissioners, secretaries of state, and so forth are Republicans.”