By now I’m sure you’ve heard the story coming out of my home state in which a Republican legislator objected to an omnibus bill called the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act. It’s calling for long overdue changes to state law like a higher minimum wage, expanded sick leave, and most frustratingly of all, pay equity.
Why so frustrating? Because the legislator opposed to this bill is a WOMAN.
Here’s a transcript if you aren’t willing and/or able to endure the flat Midwestern accent:
“We heard several bills last week about women’s issues, and I kept thinking to myself: these bills are putting us backwards in time. We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women, and almost making us look like whiners.”
Whiners? Oh dear.
Poor Andrea Kieffer is now all over the news, being raked over the proverbial coals for her ill-informed remarks. I HAVE GREAT NEWS FOR HER! I have a quick and easy solution that will restore her credibility.
Members of the Minnesota Legislature earn a yearly salary of $31,140. According to a 2013 report from the National Women’s Law Center, in the private sector, white women like Rep. Kieffer typically earn only 77 percent of what their white male counterparts do.
Pardon me while I crunch the numbers:
To put her money literally where her mouth is, Rep. Andrea Kieffer can accept an immediate salary reduction to $23,978 per annum.
If that seems like too bitter a pill to swallow,she should thank her lucky stars that she’s not African-American or Hispanic, because those House members would have their pay cut down to $19,929 and $16,815, respectively.
I’m going to write Rep. Kieffer an email RIGHT NOW (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know of this brilliant plan. I would hate it, JUST HATE IT, if anyone thought she was a hypocrite!