Democrats bank on women voters falling in line behind them because of the GOP’s supposed “War on Women.” And they routinely trot out their favorite statistic on the wage gap, which they claim shows there’s rampant discrimination against women in the workplace. Yet after seven years of Obama, women ought to ask: Why has nothing changed?
The administration wants people to believe that it’s just that their work is unfinished: They need more laws and greater government redistribution to turn around the economy and root out discrimination. Using this argument, they proposed another new regulation last week that would require businesses with 100 or more employees to provide additional information to the federal government about their employees’ demographics and pay. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission chairwoman Jenny Yang put it in her discussion of the proposed regulation: “Too often, pay discrimination goes undetected because of a lack of accurate information about what people are paid. . . . We will be using the information that we’re collecting as one piece of information that can inform our investigations.”
Women have heard this before. The administration had claimed that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first legislation this president signed into law, would crack down on discrimination and help eliminate the wage gap. The president signed two executive orders in 2014 that were also meant to narrow the wage gap by, as the Washington Post explained, “forcing federal contractors to let their workers discuss their earnings with one another and to disclose more information about what their employees earn.” And yet here we are, with the pay gap essentially unchanged and another proposed government solution.