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Women underrepresented in Executive Chamber

Sep 15, 2015 6:21 am
Bill Mahoney is reporting at Politico New York that while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo publicly laments gender inequality, women still occupy a relatively small percentage of the top jobs in his administration. In his administration, women earn an average of 73 cents for every dollar made by men, a wider gap than the 84 cent per hour disparity that exists in the private sector. According to Mahoney, the majority of employees in the Executive Chamber, all of whom serve at the pleasure of the governor, are women. However, the 96 females working in Cuomo’s office tend to hold the lowest-paying jobs. The 52 men in the governor's office are disproportionately represented in the positions with the highest salaries and the most power. Despite the fact that nearly twice as many women as men work directly for the governor, 21 of the 30 individuals earning more than $140,000 per year are male. Of the ten individuals with the highest salaries, only two are female. Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters of New York State, expressed some concern that the imbalance was so stark in the administration of a governor who has made gender equality a priority. “That’s certainly not a good sign for someone who has developed a Women’s Equality Party and has gone out of his way to, rhetorically at least, support women’s equality and pay equity,” she said. Cuomo made gender equality a key component of his political strategy in recent years. He made his Women’s Equality Act the linchpin of his end-of-session agenda in 2014, and gained an additional ballot line in the last election through the creation of the Women’s Equality Party. Read the full story at Politico New York.