It’s a lot easier to go out on the campaign trail and complain about the lack of gender equality in America than to actually do something about it, apparently. That’s the lesson of Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose latest administration hires have caused some folks to notice that he’s leading the way when it comes to widening the gender pay gap. According to The New York Post, the 2020 candidate has done very little to ensure that women make as much as men in his New York City government.
From the Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to splurge on the salaries of his controversial schools chancellor and new public-housing chairman isn’t just costing taxpayers — it’s also led to a glaring gender pay gap at the top of his administration, records reveal.
Although women make up half of City Hall’s 10 highest earners, the men — including Hizzoner — hold four of the five best-paying jobs, with annual salaries that range from $258,000 to $403,000, records show.
As a result, the males rake in an average of $58,400 a year more than their female colleagues, leaving the women earning just 81 cents for every dollar earned by the men.
That gap is nearly double the one that exists across New York state, where women earn an average of 90 cents for every dollar earned by men, as calculated by the nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Last May, de Blasio was so concerned about the pay gap in New York City that his administration launched Women.NYC, a website designed to tackle the “problem.”
“The Women.NYC site will function as a unified platform that will foster an online community of change-makers, local leaders and more,” his administration said at the time. “Women are encouraged make their voices heard, get engaged, use their agency to create new partnerships, develop programming and introduce policy ideas that support the advancement of women professionally and personally.
“In addition to positioning NYC as the leading city in the world for women, the initiative is specifically calling on the private sector to do their part to close the pay gap by 2028, achieve gender parity on corporate boards and senior leadership teams by 2025, and offer at least six weeks of paid parental leave for new parents,” the press release continued.
Then again, we’re talking about a guy who jets around the world on a private plane to tell other countries how dire the climate situation is, spewing carbon into the atmosphere all the way there and back. Hypocrisy is his stock-in-trade.