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REALITY CHECK: Demeaning Words Aside, Donald Trump Wants to Hurt Women Where it Matters the Most: Their Pocketbooks

WASHINGTON - October 19, 2016 -

“Trump gives lip service to equal pay for women, but his words tell a different story. In addition to the demeaning remarks he makes about women – “Fat pigs?” Really? – Trump wants to hurt us where it counts the most, our pocketbooks. He denies the pay gap is real, a harsh reality Hillary Clinton knows too many working women face. As an educator, I want all of my students to have an equal opportunity to succeed. So does Hillary. She supports the Paycheck Fairness Act and wants to bring transparency to wages – something Donald Trump could have easily done as head of his company.” - Jennifer Webb-Cook, Elementary Educator, Las Vegas, NV


  • Trump’s daughter Ivanka is able to put on a smiling face and claim that he’s on the right side of issues that matter to working women – equal pay, paid family leave and child care – but as usual, it’s all bluster.
  • “Trump has voiced tepid support for equal pay, but at time has appeared skeptical of the idea that men and women who performed the same were making different salaries. Last August he said that “if they do the same job, they should get the same pay,” but noted that such equality would be difficult to implement as a matter of public policy.
  • “(Hillary) called on CEOs and board members to look at whether they are paying people fairly. (In spring) Clinton signalled she would require every company to analyze its own compensation and whether women are paid fairly.”

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