Carly Fiorina is out giving stump speeches right now, telling her admirable story of how she went from a secretary to a CEO, and that this success story could only happen in a place like America where we give women opportunities. In fact, she went as far as to tell a crowd that America is absolutely the best country to be a woman.
But Fiorina does admit that times are tough for women – which is absolutely true – but she lays the blame on the wrong parties. According to Fiorina, it has been unions and regulations that are holding American women back. Rather than admitting that her own Party has shot down legislation regarding equal pay, paid maternity leave, and every other piece of gender equality legislation you can think of, Fiorina has laid the blame for the problem at the feet of unions – the favorite boogey man of Republicans – and the banking industry regulations of the Dodd Frank bill. What Fiorina doesn’t understand is that the gender pay gap for non-union workers is 40% larger than the gap between men and women that are unionized. So unions actually help lower the pay gap between genders, not increase it.
But don’t kid yourself – Fiorina knows that neither unions nor bank regulations are making things worse for women in America. She has to go out there and demonize these things if she wants to win the support of the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson or anyone handing out campaign checks from Wall Street banks.
Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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