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Can Push for Pay-Equity Survive a New President?


Detailed interview on 60-minutes suggests a glimmer of hope for the drive for pay-equity

While many of us wait on pins and needles to find out what ramifications the election has on Affirmative Action and Equal Employment, there is reason for hope to be found in many places. One such instance of hope comes from an extensive interview President Elect Trump and his family had on 60 minutes this past weekend.

That glimmer of hope comes in the form of Ivanka Trump and comments she made about pay equity during the 60-Minutes interview. With pay equity seemingly on the chopping block after years of buildup under the President Obama administration, it would seem that now with the Republican party moving into the White House that the priorities will shift and OFCCP might get scaled back taking the advancement of pay equity with it. However, maybe the changes will be more subtle and not the complete housecleaning as many have speculated on with the surprise results of the election.

Here is an excerpt from the script as posted by 60 Minutes:

Lesley Stahl: People think that you’re going to be part of the administration, Ivanka.

Ivanka Trump: I’m-- no. I’m going to be a daughter. But I’ve-- I’ve said throughout the campaign that I am very passionate about certain issues. And that I want to fight for them.

Lesley Stahl: But you won’t be inside--

Ivanka Trump: Wage equality, childcare. These are things that are very important for me. I’m very passionate about education. Really promoting more opportunities for women. So you know, there’re a lot of things that I feel deeply, strongly about. But not in a formal administrative capacity.

See the link here to the complete text: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-donald-trump-family-melania-ivanka-lesley-stahl/

Also, pay equity came up during the Republican National Convention:


“We all agree that women should have equal pay for equal work, but that’s not enough,” Ivanka said. “The lack of quality, affordable child care is one of the biggest challenges facing American parents.” Under Donald’s policy, lower-income taxpayers will be eligible for spending rebates through the existing Earned Income Tax Credit. Eligible families could get as much as $1,200 back each year. “Child care is an undisputed work-related expense. In business, other such expenditures are tax-deductible,” she said, regarding the proposed rebates. “This single reform under the Trump plan will effectively increase the take-home pay for tens of millions of American parents.”

Will this lead to a continuance of the advancement of pay equity for all?

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