Feminists long have struggled with the concept of “equal pay.” Although most social justice-y gender studies majors demand that “equal pay” mean “totally, statistically equal,” that standard is actually an impossible one to reach. Women choose different jobs from their male colleagues, often select less dangerous professions (which pay less than the more dangerous ones), work shorter hours and take breaks in the middle of their careers to raise children, and generally make different choices than men.

Now, those choices might be the result of ingrained cultural norms, but the idea that women earn $0.77 to every man’s $1.00 because of blatant sexism in the workplace long has been exposed as a myth – and not even a very good one.

There are instances of true pay inequality, though. For example, Hillary Clinton, while she served in the Senate, paid her female employees 28 percent less than her male employees, overall. She tried to explain it away by insisting that the women on her staff held lower-level positions, something that seems to verify both claims that the “pay gap” is bogus, and that Hillary Clinton is, herself, kind of sexist in her hiring practices.

On Women’s Equality Day (at least, that’s what the Internet tells me), we take a moment to remember all those women Hillary Clinton failed as a feminist. Especially now that Carly Fiorina, the other woman in the presidential race, has been revealed to be the real candidate of pay equality.

As women working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign struggle with a gender pay gap, women working for the businesswoman and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina are coming out on top.

The median female annual salary on Fiorina’s campaign is $69,724, about $15,000 higher than the median male annual salary of $54,829, according to data made available to the Washington Free Beacon by the campaign.

The highest paid members of Fiorina’s staff are her campaign managers Frank Sadler and Sarah Isgur Flores, who both make $150,000 a year.

The next six highest salaries on the campaign are all for female employees. The lowest salary is for a male.

According to an analysis done by the Free Beacon of Clinton campaign salaries (post her tenure in the Senate), women on Fiorina’s campaign are actually faring far better than the women on Clinton’s. They’re promoted higher, in positions of greater authority and paid far more.

Fiorina, for her part, says that the “feminism” isn’t actually intentional – since she comes from the business world, she promotes what she calls a “ruthlessly cultiva[ted] meritocracy,” and her best employees simply rise to the top. In the case of her campaign, those employees happen to be female.

As far as the so-called “gender pay gap” is concerned, Carly says she recognizes that there are factors that keep women from reaching their full potential…but, to paraphrase, Hillary Clinton has pretty much no idea what those are or how to overcome them.

So, as Twitter celebrates “Women’s Equality Day” and the passage of the 14th Amendment, perhaps they should look closely at exactly who is keeping that ball rolling.

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