Appearing on NBC, GOP Congresswoman Suggests Women ‘Don’t Want’ Equal Pay Laws (VIDEO)

Appearing in a roundtable discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday, GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said that women “don’t want” equal pay laws.  

“I think that more important than that is making certain that women are recognized by those companies. You know, I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was a female,” the Congresswoman said. “I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job. And making certain that companies are going to move forward in that vein, that is what women want. They don’t want the decisions made in Washington. They want to be able to have the power and the control and the ability to make those decisions for themselves.”

In 2009, Blackburn voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was a landmark bill for women’s rights in the workplace.

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    Bob Cull

    June 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    To me her statement that she wants to be hired on her qualifications and not have Washington involved is a bit disingenuous. If the government had not, at some point stepped up and told these companies that they could not discriminate based on sex she never would have had the opportunities that she has enjoyed. The “good old boys” did not admit women to the club because it was the right thing to do, they did so because they had no choice.

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    Lance Webster

    June 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Who elected this doofus? Cut HER salary. Immediately. And her benefits.

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    Monica V Lucas

    June 3, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Another fool who represents no one but her corporate masters.

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    Brian Truncali

    June 3, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Why doesn’t she take less in Congressional pay than her male co-horts?

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    Clark Roos

    June 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Rep. Blackburn recognizes that stated good intentions don’t always equal good policy. In fact, the Lily Ledbetter Act hurts women’s chances for employment by creating incentives for companies to not hire them. The standards for litigation under the new law are so sensitive that non-discriminatory practices (like merit-based pay) and things even the employees themselves don’t regard as discrimination (but family members do, perhaps after the employees’ death) become liabilities for companies. Moreover, lifting the statute of limitations creates an incentive for employees to keep silent about discrimination when they discover it, only to cash in the maximum amount of benefits by suing after they leave the job. The Lily Ledbetter Act attaches a bevy of lawsuit risks to every woman job applicant, encouraging businesses to avoid hiring women despite the lawmakers’ good intentions.

    Source: http://c1355372.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/4034697c-140f-48da-85b1-02b399f009a4/lilly%20led_2.pdf

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    June 4, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Brilliant thought!!!

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    June 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    She has no idea what women want or need and further more she couldn’t care less. She got hers and that’s all the matters to her.

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    June 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’m sure she was paid to say this insanity.

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    Darryl Hamlin

    June 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    @Clark Roos:

    I love how you link a completely unsourced flier and act like it’s a citation. How about this, the actual full text of the law: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/s181/text

    There’s nothing in there about it.

    And by the way, “incentive to keep silent” is a load of bull. It just means that if the company manages to keep you in the dark about it for 40 years (easy to do when some companies make discussing pay a firable offense), you can actually do something about it.

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    June 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I do believe this woman is nuts or has the first signs of dementia of some sort. If I, as a woman, have the qualifications, and I am doing the same job as the men in my office or dept., then I want the same pay. This woman does NOT speak for all women and I think she should go back home and stay there and do wifey things.

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    June 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    “Rep. Blackburn recognizes that stated good intentions don’t always equal good policy.”

    What a load of crap. Sounds like, “If we make it so women can’t be discriminated against in their pay for being women, then companies won’t hire women.” If for some bizarre reason a woman discovers she is being discriminated against in pay, who the hell cares whether she sues while she’s on the job or later? None of that has anything to do with the situation that the company is WRONG and it doesn’t matter when they’re forced to pay up, it’s that they’ll have to pay up at all.

    Gotta love when someone cites a talking points memo as a “source”. Get the facts on the “Independent Women’s Forum” which is a conservative think tank, hardly a source of objective information.


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    July 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Not sure what “Television Fanatic” is, but I don’t need any more junk on my system. Thanks anyway.

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