Rick Hill: Women Should Be Paid Less Because We Aren’t “Career Ready”

H/T Montana AFL-CIO

In the most recent gubernatorial debate in Billings, Rick Hill blamed women for the fact that we get paid less than men for doing the same exact job.  He said we just need more training because we are not “career ready,”  and that he doesn’t believe a policy change to fix the problem is needed.

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns–which adds up to $431,000 less for each of us over our lifetimes.  That’s a wage gap that exists regardless of personal choices like education or occupation.

Even when you factor in that women are more likely to leave the workforce when they have children or work in positions that allow flexibility to care for kids over wages, studies have found no other way to explain at least some of the gap than discrimination. As the Washington Post reports:

When such circumstances are factored in — along with race and other demographic data — about 40 percent of the gender wage gap is still unaccounted for, says Ariane Hegewisch of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), citing a 2007 study by Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn.

That means that women earn 91 cents for every dollar, as compared to men, due to factors that have nothing to do with life choices — a difference that many researchers identify as discrimination.

As the Montana AFL-CIO points out on their Facebook page, this wage gap has real life consequences. Women make up nearly half the workforce.  When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their whole families.

Steve Bullock on the other hand is fighting against the War on Women.  Bullock and Walsh are strong believers in equal pay for equal work and that there should be laws and policies put into place to protect working women and all Montanans from discriminatory practices.  That’s why Steve Bullock is the labor endorsed candidate and Rick Hill is supported by slugs like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Posted: October 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

This post was written by Cowgirl

28 thoughts on “Rick Hill: Women Should Be Paid Less Because We Aren’t “Career Ready”

  1. Grandma Jeanie

    Rick Hill fought against the minimum wage while he was in Congress–but he was all for the insurance industry. He fought for a sales tax in Montana, which would have taken more money out of the pockets of Montana families.

    This guy is completely out of touch with what will help people who don’t have second homes in California like him.

  2. Bryonny Thompson

    What the f…. No. No. No. and NO. Get a clue Rick Hill. You belong back in the 18th century.

    1. Roger Wyatt

      Rick Hill is not “career ready” for the Governor’s office because he thinks women don’t deserve equal pay for doing the same job, because he only cares about helping the insurance industry rip us off, and because he can’t seem to keep his pants on.

  3. Smug

    Hmmm, I don’t recall him saying anything like that at the debate. I do remember him saying that a lot of students coming out of college aren’t career ready, noting in particular about women though.

    Does this have anything to do with the new PPP poll that was released? You’re really starting to reach for lies to start spreading to your base.

      1. Smug

        And nobody heard him say that. Notice how she didn’t even provide a quote? MT Cow Girl is typically good at providing evidence with her claims.

        1. Res Judicata

          Hill says women are not currently “career ready” – “Our students that are coming out of high school are not career ready. So, we need to make aure that women are career ready by making sure they have access to the training and education they need.” 27:00 at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/308710-1

    1. Bob

      Yeah, slugs are cute harmless creatures who keep the forest floor clean and fertile. Scott Walker serves no useful purpose.

  4. Res Judicata

    MTPBS frames the Bullock/Hill race on Hill’s terms. In the trailer for its “The Top Job” program airing October 17 it poses rhetorical questions about just two issues in that race: “Will they challenge the affordable healthcare plan? Will they push to expand development of natural resources?” http://www.montanapublicmedia.org/2012/10/montana-focus-the-top-job/

    Really MTPBS? How about these questions: “Will they work to get Montanans the healthcare they need? Will they make sure ongoing resource development is not at the expense of our health, our environment, and our cleanup funds?”

  5. Dan T.

    I see that the gazette declined to endorse Bullock not because of the candidate himself but because a bunch of idiots are running his campaign.

    “Steve has done a good job as attorney general in his first term. He worked with lawmakers of both parties to successfully enact his proposals for curbing drunken driving and prescription drug abuse. It is therefore disappointing that Bullock hasn’t brought the same passion, specifics, and organization to his race for governor.”

    –Billings Gazette

  6. Richard Miller

    Guess that could be changed to read ” Parent Ready” because this asshole isn’t and wasn’t.

  7. Farmboy

    If Montana was a normal state like say Iowa as an example, Rick Hill would be finished as a politician. He just made one of the stupidests comments Ive ever heatd from a candiadate for public office. He just made Judy Martz and her comment about her husband not ever beating her seem smart. Wow.

  8. Dave Skinner

    I’m sure that when you have a female and male neurosurgeon, fraternal twins to make things even all around, working at the same hospital, there’s no wage gap.
    I’ve known female heavy-equipment operators who have commanded a premium for their finesse.
    Female locomotive engineers with the same seniority as guys on the railroad, make the same money. And they can cuss just as well as the guys, too.
    I guess Hitlery makes the same wage as Secretary of State as a guy would, too?

    1. Res Judicata

      Read the whole post. (Hint: You missed the part beginning with “Even when you factor in….”)

  9. Damon

    There are countries where there is a war on women. Where women are stoned for speaking out or trying to empower themselves artistically or entrepreneurially; where they are not allowed to have driving licenses b/c of ancient misread scripture.

    If you want to talk about the possible disconnects between remuneration and base it on comparing one gender against another, fine. Be sure your data is impeccable, and that it scrutinizes itself. (are we comparing never-married women to never-married men in their 20s? are we comparing university graduation rates? are we comparing propensity to increase post-divorce income by at least 25%?)

    Then we can have a debate about how a society, and perhaps government, can address the issue. Do you think that having race and gender quotas in businesses is an appropriate solution? Britain certainly thinks it might cure their problem of rampant sexism.


  10. Ben Tully

    Just as courts can seal records, they can also unseal them. They can ask for them to be sealed for a limited time, and that time can be changed or amended. Love the conspiracy angle on here though. In Montana, most records are generally considered public.

  11. Susan Curtis

    So basically, Rick Hill will just take a binder full of men thank you very much. He didn’t even bother to try to hide is opposition to equal pay with fake and condescending tokenism like Romney with his “I let me chief of staff leave early so she could go home and clean before her husband got home.”

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