Hillary Clinton has made the “gender gap” the spine of her still undeclared campaign. It’s a slick maneuver to gin up the votes of women by convincing them they are an oppressed minority. Democrats are adept at wringing mileage out non-issues they can contrive into benevolently granting victim status to their claque of followers.
The Arizona Republic is all too happy to carry the water for this fallacious argument. And it turns to Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego to buttress wage disparity victimization by citing statistics from her heavily minority populated district. Cries of discrimination work, although she is the last one who should be using that offensive ploy. Gallego actually became the victim of vile discrimination for being white.
But lets look at some facts right here in Arizona. Most people are aware that Texas-born Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court —- in 1981, by conservative Republican Ronald Reagan, no less.
Yet how many are aware of Lorna Lockwood? In 1960 when all of our judges still ran for election, Lockwood ran for and won a position on the State Supreme Court. Five years later she became the first woman chief justice on any state supreme court in the entire United States. Justice Lockwood was born in 1903 in the Arizona Territory.
We’ve stood in the forefront with numerous women governors and in the 1940’s even broke ground with a female Maricopa County sheriff —- Jewel Jordan. Women are prominently represented throughout the Arizona Courts —- on the Federal District Court through the Superior Court level, Commissioner posts, the Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court.
This election cycle Arizona women have run for and won over a third of the state legislative seats. There are three Arizona women in Congress, a female secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction. The chair of the state corporation commission is a woman.
Former Arizona Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, later became President and CEO of the Maricopa Integrated Health System. She left the post after seven years in 2013. With one foot out the door, she brokered a deal others could only dream of, receiving a hefty $125,000 raise. Her base salary soared 33% overnight, from $375,003 to $500,000 — excluding benefits. Her retirement perks are spectacular. Another Arizona woman who has done very well.
And Democrat Kate Gallego, one of two women on the Phoenix City Council and the advocate for the downtrodden women in her district? As she lectures them on closing the “gender pay gap,” the Harvard and Wharton Business School educated woman should also tell them that without an adequate education, they can’t expect the success she and her congressman husband have achieved.
Whining and foot stomping won’t do a thing to ensure marketability. Only credentials do the job. The best way to achieve is to stay in school. Is Kate Gallego giving low-income women that key message?