War on Women - New WA GOP Chair Paid $20K Less Than Male Predecessor
The new chairman, or rather, chairwoman, of Washington State’s GOP makes substantially less than the man she’s replaced. Susan Hutchison still makes $75,000 per year, but that’s $20,000 less than Kirby Wilbur made. Hutchison blames the war on women for the difference.
Budget cuts are supposedly the reason for Hutchison’s pay cut. However, Hutchison believes that the executive board’s vote violates the party’s bylaws and might be seen as “vindictive and discriminatory.” She worries that it might even play right into the hands of Democrats.
According to The Seattle Times, Hutchison also believes the pay cut blatantly goes against equal work for equal pay, and invoked the war on women in a memo she sent to her colleagues about the issue. The Board was upset that she brought it up. Or, as The Seattle Times puts it, “the conversation turned ugly and Hutchison’s request was rebuffed.” One person familiar with the dispute actually said, “There is no war on women.”