As you may have heard, Governor Scott Walker (WI-Big R) quietly repealed the State’s Equal pay enforcement Act which was applauded by Republicans. But what’s equally interesting is that one of the drivers in the repeal’s go-to source for information was that bastion of partisan mis/disinformation, Ann Coulter.
The Act allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts — well, it used to until Gov. Walker repealed it.
So, the war on Women is extended to the entirety of the middle class which was already known, but now it’s public knowledge.
Daily Beast reports:
The Equal Pay law wasn’t just about women—it also offered protection from discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and other factors. But it was enacted largely in response to a large gap between men and women’s compensation, one that was worse than average in Wisconsin—in 2009 the state ranked 36th in the country in terms of workplace gender parity.
A major force of the repeal and a staunch ally of Walker’s, Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman believes that pay discrimination against women is fraudulent. Grotham recently also proposed a bill which would force the State to declare that single parenthood or “nonmarital parenthood” would be considered a form of child abuse and neglect. Can you say, out of touch?
This portion of Michelle Goldberg’s article, really sounds off the alarm bells:
Grotham states, “What you’ve got to look at, and Ann Coulter has looked at this, is you have to break it down by married and unmarried. Once you break it down by married and unmarried, the differential disappears.”
When I ran the numbers by him [Grothman], he replied, “The American Association of University Women is a pretty liberal group.” Nor, he argued, does its conclusion take into account other factors, like “goals in life. You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
And yet, the elected officials do not discuss or determine the drastic differences of pay rates between men and women in Wisconsin. But, Ann Coulter said so. Grothman, did not want to go to what he deemed as a “Liberal group” so instead he ventured into Bizarro World seeking out the likes of Ann Coulter who writes for a birther website.
This is unnerving:
According to Grothman, not only is there no actual pay gap between the sexes, if there was one it wouldn’t matter anyway. After all, men need money more than women do, since they have families to support. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told Goldberg. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
There are a multitude of reasons why Ann Coulter should never be the go-to gal for information, most especially on women’s rights — this quote is but one of them:
If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president. It’s kind of a pipe dream, it’s a personal fantasy of mine, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.