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Red State Women PAC: Women are too “Busy… Busy… Busy” to Think About Equal Pay

Cari Cristman, the executive director of Red State Women PAC, was asked in an interview with Dallas TV station WFAA about Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's (R) position on equal pay laws. Abbott, who

Cari Cristman, the executive director of Red State Women PAC, tripped all over herself trying to defend the indefensible on women and equal pay, which Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, running against Wendy Davis, stands against.

ACCORDING to a prominent ally of Greg Abbott, Cari Cristman, whose job it is to rally women behind the Texas challenger to Wendy Davis, women are too “busy… busy… busy…”, in a “busy cycle,” so things like the Lily Ledbetter Act just don’t matter to us.

Evidently, Cari Christman thinks that after a woman gets her education and competes with men in the workplace, what’s done underneath the table to keep a man’s pay higher than a woman’s at the same job, won’t hurt her, including if she finds out well after the fact.

“Well, if you look at it, women are extremely busy,” she said. “We lead busy lives, whether working professionally, whether working from home, and times are extremely busy. It’s a busy cycle for women and we’ve got a lot to juggle. So when we look at this issue we think, what’s practical? And we want more access to jobs. We want to be able to get a higher education degree at the same time that we’re working or raising a family.” [TPM transcript]

Wendy Davis’s campaign responded quickly.

“Here’s a newsflash for Greg Abbott: women aren’t too ‘busy’ to fight for economic fairness for all hardworking Texans and they aren’t too ‘busy’ to reject his business as usual opposition to equal pay legislation at the polls next November,” Davis spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna said Monday in a statement. [TPM]

Greg Abbott has the same philosophy as every other Republican on women and equal pay. The traditionalism of establishment Republicans still sides with women and men not being equal in the work place, because that tilts the home balance away from “traditional family values.”

Republicans say there are better ways to achieve pay equality without punishing corporations, which may be true, but when a corporation isn’t ethical on women’s equal pay, the GOP never explains why a woman shouldn’t have recourse. That’s why the Lily Ledbetter Act came into being and why President Obama signed it, against Republican opposition.

Unfortunately, there are other forces, including on the left, who are attacking the strongest examples of demanding equality in the work place, which includes men leaning in to take up the slack domestically. The continual targeting of Sheryl Sandberg by feminists is actually aiding people like Abbot and supporters like Cari Christman, helping Republicans, while dividing progressives.

Texas is still a very Republican state, but what the campaign of Wendy Davis is doing on the ground, with the help of national Democratic activists, is important. There is still a very long shot chance that Davis will prevail, but what she may succeed in doing is pushing Texas into violet territory, on the way to purple then, inevitably, blue.

The long term challenge in Texas for Democrats working towards this goal remains getting minorities and poor voters, who lean strongly Democratic, out to the polls in the numbers needed to take over a Republican electorate that has been more motivated.

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11 Responses to Red State Women PAC: Women are too “Busy… Busy… Busy” to Think About Equal Pay

  1. mjsmith March 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    I do know, from personal experience, that women executive make far less than their male counterparts Meg Whitman has been kicking ass since she took over HP. She replaced a person who was literally destroying the company. In 10 months this guy made way more money than he deserved. Meg Whitman is doing a great job and yes HP has some challenges but they are moving in the right direction.

    On September 22, 2011, the HP Board of Directors replaced Apotheker as chief executive, effective immediately, with fellow board member and former eBay chief Meg Whitman.[16] Though Apotheker served barely ten months, he received over $13 million in compensation: a severance payment of $7.2 million, shares worth $3.56 million, and a performance bonus of $2.4 million,[17] although the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization during his tenure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9o_Apotheker

    Meg Whitman may have been earning just a $1 salary at Hewlett-Packard, but she’ll be getting a fat raise this year.

    Hewlett-Packard has been paying its CEO just $1 a year since she joined the troubled tech company in 2011. Now, thanks to the company’s turnaround, HP directors say she deserves $1.5 million, the company said in its annual proxy, filed Monday.

    Overall, Whitman received compensation valued at $17.6 million last year, up 15% from $15.3 million in 2012.

    http://tinyurl.com/of6hpx5

    also – Bethany Mayer, an HP senior vice president and head of its $2.5 billion networking equipment business unit, The HP Networking division has been making money every quarter for a few years now, unlike the rest of the HP division.

    How can women make as much as men at the lower levels of business when they still make less money than men at the top?

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Anyone with a couple of functioning synapse connections would be hard pressed to find anything in your lengthy and totally irrelevant comment and the post at issue.

      Bottom line, this is a PERFECT example of the stupidity and disingenuous nature of the repugnantklan,teabagger misogynistic war on women and women’s rights.

      PLEASE keep it up bagger/repugs…PLEASE!!!

      • mjsmith March 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

        What a moment, I am making a point that I agree female executives make less money than male executives, even when the female executives outperform their male counterpart.

        I believe that this is wrong.

        Here is the short version: Man ruins company and makes big money. Lady takes over, rebuilds company and makes far less money.

        secular- perhaps English is not your native language. I don’t know. Most of the time I have some sort of clue as to why you are so angry and insulting towards me. I do not know in the least what your problem is this time.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter March 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

          The point is all these companies/corporations you are citing are supported in their misogyny by the political entities YOU support…..the GOP, teabaggers and wingnut UBERChristians.
          Maybe schizophrenia is a normal state for you…or perhaps that would just be simple hypocrisy.

          • mjsmith March 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

            The point is all these companies/corporations you are citing are supported in their misogyny by the political entities YOU support…..the GOP followed by… (secularheese)

            I think the name of the article says in he title and is about “Red State Women” because it says “RED STATE WOMEN” in the very beginning of the title.

            Taylor (sorry to drag you into this) not only said something nice to my post that you so passionately insult, she also posted a related story. This is a real issue we are discussing.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter March 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

            The disingenuous part is frankly you blathering on without once mentioning the particular party/ideology that is promoting and pushing this disgrace…let me look back…nope, not one word from mjsmurph about the hypocrisy of this GOP charade.

    • Taylor Marsh March 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Absolutely.

      Most recent insult, GM’s CEO Mary Barra.

      http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/female-ceo-makes-less-male-predecessor

  2. Ga6thDem March 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I’m sorry but i find this lady either completely clueless or hysterically funny. What the heck is the point she is trying to make?

  3. mjsmith March 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Here is an example – Léo Apotheker. During his tenure as chief executive at HP, the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization after a series of strategic missteps by the company, leading to his resignation.
    During Apotheker’s tenure at HP the stock dropped about 40%. It dropped nearly 25% on 19 August 2011, after HP announced a number of seemingly abrupt strategic decisions: to discontinue its webOS device business (mobile phones and tablet computers), to begin planning to divest its personal computer division, and to acquire British software firm Autonomy for a significant premium.
    On September 22, 2011, the HP Board of Directors replaced Apotheker as chief executive, effective immediately, with fellow board member and former eBay chief Meg Whitman.[16] Though Apotheker served barely ten months, he received over $13 million in compensation: a severance payment of $7.2 million, shares worth $3.56 million, and a performance bonus of $2.4 million, although the company lost more than $30 billion in market capitalization during his tenure. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9o_Apotheker

    Now look at what Meg Whitman makes –

    Hewlett-Packard has been paying its CEO just $1 a year since she joined the troubled tech company in 2011. Now, thanks to the company’s turnaround, HP directors say she deserves $1.5 million, the company said in its annual proxy, filed Monday.

    Overall, Whitman received compensation valued at $17.6 million last year, up 15% from $15.3 million in 2012

    http://tinyurl.com/of6hpx5

    Also, Bethany Mayer, the head of HP Networking division, the only division of HP that has been consistently growing and making a steady increase in profit – Bethany Mayer, an HP senior vice president and head of its $2.5 billion networking equipment business unit, has been reassigned to run a new business unit, sources familiar with the move confirm to Re/code http://tinyurl.com/kmg39x6

    • mjsmith March 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

      I thought my earlier post was not uploaded. I apologize for this redundant post.

  4. PaperbackRuyter March 19, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    I’ll take a semi-opposing view here. While I agree with the Lilly Ledbetter Act, anyone expecting it to have much effect on wage parity is dreaming. All it does is make it easier to sue employers for past transgressions. It probably does prevent blatant wage discrimination going forward to some extent.

    Equal pay for equal work has been the law since 1963. The Ledbetter Act gave it a little more teeth, which is appropriate. But Christman is right when she says the effects of the Ledbetter Act pale next to general efforts to improve the economy and employment in general. Now I doubt the GOP knows any better how to do that than the Democrats, actually I think neither party has any idea, but that’s another discussion.

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