Texas Republican Party ED: Women Don't Need Equal Pay, They're Just Bad Negotiators!

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The Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas, Beth Cubriel, thinks that women wanting to get paid the same amount of money for the same day's work as a man have it all wrong. They just need to be better negotiators. Silly women!

She told YNN's Capitol Tonight program, “Men are better negotiators. I would encourage women instead of pursuing the courts for action to become better negotiators.”

Maybe Cubriel can explain to us how negotiating can retroactively make up for decades of lost wages. AAAYIIIEEE!!!

To paraphrase Madeleine Albright, “There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women get equal pay.”

Watch the video of Cubriel selling out her hard-working Texas sisters below the jump.Last night, Abbott ally Cubriel appeared on YNN's Capitol Tonight program to explain the GOP's alternative to a Texas Lilly Ledbetter Act.

Of course, the GOP is savvy enough to find a woman who will stand up and viciously defend a woman's right to be discriminated against. That's the worst part: they're just using this woman so that they can continue perpetuating economic injustice against all Texas women.

Got it, ladies? You don't deserve equal pay on the merits, you just need to find out you're being discriminated against, then argue your way into equal pay. That is totally a sustainable solution that in no way privileges a certain class of women who can negotiate their wages or even find out they're being discriminated against and is way more efficient and effective than just paying workers the same amount for the same job regardless of their sex!

So ladies, if you're being paid less, it's not because the system's rigged against you — it's just that the dudes of Texas are better negotiators, sweetheart, don't worry your pretty little head about it and make your boss a sandwich, Ok?

The suggestion is preposterous, and fails to address the actual terrible economic consequences for Texas women and families when a working woman is paid substantially less than her male counterpart. The gap for women of color is even bigger than that for white women, and for single mothers it can be the difference between remaining in poverty or finding a way to slowly move up the socio-economic ladder.

Greg Abbott hasn't said if he would veto or sign an Equal Pay bill for Texas. As Attorney General, however, he has defended the right for employers to wage discriminate based on sex.

If Beth Cubriel's comments are any indication of how Abbott really feels on the matter, it doesn't look good for Texas women if he's elected as our next Governor.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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