Hope Hicks, Karl Rove, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day: 3 Stories You Should Read Today – 8/7/2018
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In the category of: No one is free until everyone is free.
On average, black women had to work 20 months to match what a white man made in 12.
This year, Tuesday, August 7, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks how long a black woman has to work into 2018 to catch up to the same amount a white man made in 2017.
The day is months later than National Equal Pay Day, which marks the same thing for women generally. This year, Equal Pay Day was on April 10, meaning that for women overall, it takes 16 months to match what white men make in 12.
But these numbers change considerably for women of color. Black women, for example, needed 20 months to reach equal pay. Native American women will hit equal pay on September 27, while Latinas will hit the benchmark on November 1. And while Asian-American women technically hit the equal pay mark on February 22, suggesting that this group faces the smallest gender pay gap of all women, that date overlooks significant disparities in pay among different groups of Asian women.
In the category of: Karl Rove the voice of reason – It’s upside down day.
Trump’s attacks on the media are “over the top” and “not helpful to our country,” says the longtime Republican strategist.
“I grew up during the time of the Cold War,” said Rove, per Mediaite. “That is a phrase that was used by Stalin against the enemies of the Communist regime. I think the president would be well advised to tone down the rhetoric.”
In the category of: Hope Floats
Donald Trump’s former communications director made an unusual appearance on Air Force One last weekend. Does she want back in, or is Hicks ready to step into her next phase of life? “There’s opportunities for her in finance-related jobs,” says a person familiar with her thinking. “The biggest issue is finding a place where she feels comfortable.”
Ever since she left the administration in March, Hicks has become a twisted sort of celebrity, certainly the most famous among former Trump staffers. Part of this may have to do with the fact that the onetime Ralph Lauren model, who seems hijacked from the pages of the Miss Porter’s alumnae magazine, was always such an enigma in the first place. In a White House prone to outrage and hysterics, she rarely spoke on the record, barely ever appeared on-camera, and conducted herself in a mannered, white-glove way. Hicks’s professionalism made some decisions—such as her relationship with Rob Porter, a fellow former White House staffer with an alleged history of spousal abuse, or her role in Trump’s now potentially perilous response to the news that his son Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower in pursuit of dirt on Hillary Clinton—difficult to square. (Porter has denied allegations of abuse.) Hicks, in many ways, became something of a Rorschach test. Was she a punctilious, precocious aide who had been forced to tell “white lies,” as she put it to the House Intelligence Committee, in order to merely do her job? Was she a canny operator who harbored her own ambitions? Or was she a victim of perverse Stockholm syndrome? Regardless of the theor,y one might ascribe to, many found Hicks’s resignation as a small act of emancipation.
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