February 13 2013

Statement: President Obama inappropriately uses SOTU to convince women the workplace is sexist and that they are all Victims

Victoria Coley

PRESIDENT OBAMA INAPPROPRIATELY  USES SOTU TO CONVINCE WOMEN
THE WORKPLACE IS SEXIST AND THAT THEY ARE ALL VICTIMS


Schaeffer: "Once again President Obama uses the State of the Union to try to mislead women about their prospects in the workforce and to try to expand government in ways that will make jobs even more scarce.  The President uses a statistic that every honest analyst knows is misleading to attempt to convince women that our workplace is inherently sexist and that women are all victims.  This isn't good for women, and it's certainly not appropriate for a serious policy debate."


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In his fourth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced that "our wives, mothers and daughters" are trapped in an economic environment full of discrimination and unequal pay.  He urged Congress to "pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year."

Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum and co-author of Liberty is No War on Women, issued the following statement:

Once again President Obama uses the State of the Union to try to mislead women about their prospects in the workforce and to try to expand government in ways that will make jobs even more scarce.  The President uses a statistic that every honest analyst knows is misleading to attempt to convince women that our workplace is inherently sexist and that women are all victims.  This isn't good for women, and it's certainly not appropriate for a serious policy debate.

Making the disparity appear the greatest, the White House uses a distorted snapshot to compare the earnings of the median full-time working man and woman, ignoring the many factors that we know influence how much someone earns.

Throughout life women and men make different life decisions about what college major to select, what line of work they desire, and how much they want to work, which drives differences in earnings—not discrimination.

Today women make up more than 50 percent of the workforce.  Women are outpacing men educationally, soaring to the top of almost every professional field, and are the nations leading consumers.

What American women really need is the opportunity to find jobs that match their interests and talents.  Sadly, President Obama's policies have failed to deliver that, and this State of the Union suggests that we can expect more of the same during the next four years.

 

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Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women. 

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