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Texas GOP Leader: Women Should Close Gender Pay Gap By Negotiating Like Men

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Texas GOP Leader: Women Should Close Gender Pay Gap By Negotiating Like Men


As the Republican Party celebrates the one-year anniversary of its 2012 “autopsy” report, one of its leaders in Texas has provided a timely reminder of just how far the party’s outreach efforts still have to go.

On Monday, Texas Republican Party executive director Beth Cubriel was asked about her party’s opposition to equal pay legislation, such as the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act. Cubriel offered the following response:

“Men are better negotiators,” Cubriel told Texas political show Capital Tonight. “I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.”

Cubriel is the second Texas Republican in as many days to offer a supremely unhelpful answer on an equal pay question. On Sunday, Cari Christman — executive director of the RedState Women PAC —suggested in an interview that women are too “busy” to push for equal pay laws.

“If you look at it, women are extremely busy,” Cristman said in response to a question about how she would close the gender pay gap. “We lead busy lives, whether working professionally, whether working from home, and times are extremely busy. It’s a busy cycle for women, and we’ve got a lot to juggle. So when we look at this issue we think, what’s practical? And we want more access to jobs. We want to be able to get a higher education degree at the same time we’re working or raising a family.”

According to a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 82.1 percent in 2013, and has barely changed over the past decade.

Equal pay laws have become a flashpoint in Texas’ gubernatorial race between Democratic state senator Wendy Davis and Republican attorney general Greg Abbott. Davis has repeatedly attacked Abbott for fighting against legislation to close the pay gap, and her campaign wasted little time in denouncing Cubriel for her comments on the issue.

“Greg Abbott’s allies’ defense of his opposition to equal pay for women is out of touch and offensive,” the statement from campaign spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna reads. “Texans deserve a governor like Wendy Davis, who will fight for economic fairness for all hardworking families instead of Gregg Abbott’s business-as-usual hostility to fair pay legislation.”

Abbott’s campaign has declined to comment on Cubriel’s theory.

H/T: The Huffington Post

Screenshot: YouTube

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Daniel Jones March 18, 2014

    The worst part is that the women that do this sort of nonsensical blathering honestly believe it as they have trained themselves to ignore all facts to the contrary.

    1. FredAppell March 18, 2014

      They’ve trained themselves to accept a submissive role because “The Good Book” tells them they should. Because they don’t question it, they try to convince themselves and others that “those other women” are screwing everything up.

      1. Faraday_Cat March 19, 2014

        Which is odd, since the beginining of that book talks about women not being created from the foot, to be below man, or the head, to be above him, but from the rib, to be equal.

        1. FredAppell March 19, 2014

          I’ve never read the Bible so I only have the words of others to go by. You say that it speaks of gender equality, I don’t doubt you but I’m curious where all this submissiveness comes from. Are there contradictions in the book or do some people simply have a hard time comprehending what they’re reading? Could it be cultural, I’m at a complete loss for answers.

    2. stcroixcarp March 19, 2014

      These gals didn’t “train themselves”. They were trained by their moms and dads and their church.

  2. FredAppell March 18, 2014

    She sounds like a Stepford Wife! :)) “My masters told me to sell out my gender.” It’s sad what some people will do for a chance to have a little power and money.

  3. Noreen Bradshaw Donlon March 18, 2014

    Believe me this woman is not a leader in the GOP! Like Sarah Palin she is just a talking head! Republicans feed her their talking points and she regurgitates them! There are no woman leaders in the GOP! Any woman that can think for herself would never be a Republican!

  4. Grannysmovin March 19, 2014

    In response to Cari Christman “And we want more access to jobs.”: Well than Republicans should have passed the American Jobs Act back in 2011.

    Cari Christman went on to say ” We want to be able to get a higher education degree at the same time we’re working or raising a family.”: Well raising minimum wage and giving the same starting wage to men and women doing the same job, and providing affordable day care would enable women to get a higher education degree while working and raising a family.

    1. stcroixcarp March 19, 2014

      Where are the men? Why isn’t raising up children a priority for them?

      1. Grannysmovin March 19, 2014

        Beats me where the men are, I know in our family raising our child was an equal opportunity. We both raised our daughter and both adjusted work schedules etc to put her needs first. However, there are single parents who don’t have the help of the father, some because the male has passed, some because the male chooses not to be a party to raising the child – either financially, emotionally or physically.

        1. jointerjohn March 19, 2014

          And some because the male is a right-wing, chest-thumping misogynist who intentionally married a submissive woman because strong women scare him to death. Women voting for republicans is like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

  5. Dominick Vila March 19, 2014

    Gender inequality is not caused by men being better negotiators, but by a culture that supports the rise of males to prominent positions and relegates the role of women in society to having children and baking cookies. The worst part is that many women accept their role, and see themselves as nothing more than a sex object, whose purpose in life is to serve and satisfy men.
    Instead of passing the buck and letting the government influence change, our focus must be on changing the way we think about our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. The current situation will persist as long as we allow it to continue. It is up to us, the people, to change it.

  6. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh March 19, 2014

    Dang! Were are all the Conservatives with their “Right on the money” comments about this clueless wonder with her mouthing the platform beatitudes:
    “Blessed are the women who don’t look for more money, because they allow us to have higher profits.”
    “Blessed are the women who accept their place, because they know they don’t deserve any more.”
    “Blessed are the women who accept our anti-abortion stance, because they know that they are our possessions.”
    “Blessed are the women who accept the fanny pat or fanny pinch without filing an anti-discrimination suit, because they know they are only sex objects to us.”
    Anyone else want to add to this list?

  7. voice_reason March 19, 2014

    Until her state approves wage equity she should be paid 77% of what her colleagues make. She walked into her job, she did not negotiate her salary, let her take it liek a woman!

  8. ThomasBonsell March 19, 2014

    If women are too busy doing “lady things” to negotiate for equality, perhaps they could get an agent to negotiate for them. But I think those types of agents are called “unions” and the GOP seems to have a negative “thing” about unions.

    To the GOP, society and businesses are pyramids and the top stones capping those structures must dictate to everyone or thing below that “you will take what I say you will take, You will get nothing more and stop complaining about it.” So how do individual women negotiate against that structure?

  9. herchato March 19, 2014

    Texas women seem to like it better if they don’t have to think. Just too busy.


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