Bonehead Quote of the Week: GOP Women Leaders On Gender Fair Pay Laws

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Beth Cubriel, executive director of the Texas Republican Party

This week, controversy surrounded GOP governor hopeful and Attorney General Greg Abbott, who skirted around whether or not he'd allow a state version of federal equal pay law to stand (the answer was eventually “no”). While his campaign dealt with the media storm of criticism and questions, Republican women leaders of Texas didn't make things easier for the gubernatorial candidate.

In defending the GOP stance against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which allows more time to bring pay discrimination lawsuit cases forth in court, Cari Christman, head of RedState Women, a newly formed Republican PAC meant to help Abbott’s shot at the governorship, told WFAA-Dallas news station that sure, women deserve equal pay but the Ledbetter Act is not going to fix it.

So what's going to solve the problem?, asked anchor Jason Whitely. Christman, awkwardly stumbling on her answer, said women are just too busy with work to spend time battling equal pay in court and rather, are looking for “practical solutions."

"If you look at it, women are extremely busy," she said. "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."

Likely seeking to ameliorate the verbal flub, Beth Cubriel, executive director of the Texas Republican Party, went on YNN’s “Capital Tonight” and offered up her solution to discriminatory pay:

"Men are better negotiators,” she said. “I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators."

So, there you have it, ladies. If you want to get paid as much as a man, disregard the deep-seated systemic inequities that prevent women, regardless of their arguing skills, to get paid less than their male counterparts and turn away from any legislation that would actually help remedy the situation, and  just negotiate better. I would thank the GOP women for all the great advice but I'm just too darn busy!

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