Utah GOP chair's letter to editor published TODAY (not in the year 1624) pic.twitter.com/FtrWWLJguL— Mary Emily O'Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) February 16, 2017
James C. Green, the vice chairman of the Republican Party in Wasatch County, Utah, doesn’t want equal pay for women.
Because it hurts men.
In a fairly descriptive letter to the editor published in two newspapers, the Wasatch Wave and Park Record, Green slammed the Senate (“Equal Pay”) Bill 210, which addresses “the issue of women not being paid as much as men for similar work.”
(FYI: Utah has the second widest wage gap in the country — women earn 67 cents for every dollar paid to men — according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.)
Green criticized the bill, citing “tradition” as his logic.
“Traditionally men have earned more than women in the workplace because they are considered the primary breadwinners for families,” he wrote. “They need to make enough to support their families and allow the mother to remain in the home to raise and nurture the children.”
Oh, and Green also thinks paying women more would mean paying men less.
“If businesses are forced to pay women the same as male earnings, that means they will have to reduce the pay for the men they employ… simple economics,” he wrote.
Green added equal wages would make it harder for men to support their families, “which will mean more mothers will be forced to leave the home (where they may prefer to be) to join the workforce to make up the difference.”
While Green’s letter speaks for itself, here are some questions for him:
What about the women who are the breadwinners of their families?
What exactly do you mean by allowing the “mother” to remain at home?
What about women who are not married?
And last but not the least, do you not realize we are living in 2017 and not the 17th century?
This is a county GOP chair in Utah explaining why gender equal pay is a bad thing. Quite the logic. https://t.co/7AFPFp8ptd— Natalie Andrews (@nataliewsj) February 17, 2017
Like these stories usually go, Green quickly apologized when people reminded him that he was, in fact, living in the 21st century.
“There was no offense intended toward women, whatsoever,” Green said in a second letter, according to FOX 13 Now. "And yet some took it that way. To those who were offended, I profusely apologize. I sincerely did not mean to do that.”
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