April 04, 2014


This week on To The Contrary, our panelists discuss the pay gap and women's mobility, how deregulation of campaign financing impacts women candidates, and whether modern technology enslaves or empowers us.

PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)Red Alert Politics Editor Francesca Chambers, The Gender Equality Project’s Megan Beyer, Republican Strategist Bettina Inclan
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Equal Pay Study

A new Pew Research study shows daughters earn less than their fathers but sons earn more.

  • Megan Beyer: “As the mother of millennials, I will tell you that I’m not sure [how much of an influence mothers have on their daughters’ earnings], but I know it’s our fault.”
  • Francesca Chambers: “I don’t think the mothers have as much to do with it as technological and societal changes that have happened since then.”
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “I’m sure that mama’s low pay has encouraged young women to try daddy’s line of work.”
  • Bettina Inclan: “Parents have a huge influence. I think of my parents’ sacrifices, and it inspires me to work harder.”
  • Bonnie Erbe:  "Women start the majority of small companies, and female entrepreneurs are likely to make just as much or more than their male counterparts."

Campaign Finance

How will the recent Supreme Court decision on campaing finance affect women candidates?

  • Megan Beyer: “Sometimes you have to leave the neighborhood to see what people think of you.”
  • Francesca Chambers: “I don’t think the floodgates are going to open up as what opponents of this ruling would think.”
  • Del. Norton: “PACs usually give money to incumbents. And since women are behind in the first place, they're not gonna get that money...This is making lemonade out of lemons. These decisions are so awful.”
  • Bettina Inclan: “The McCutcheon decision is great for women. I work with a lot of female candidates. These limits allow more resources for them. It’s going to help women.”
  • Bonnie Erbe: “Is it fair to derive from this, since the 2 Democrats are not in favor of this ruling and the 2 Republicans are, that Republican women will do well, but Democratic women won’t?”

Modern Technology

The impacts modern technology has on our work-life balance.

Francesca Chambers:  "I work in the news industry and I work in politics I know for a fact that I’m going to be expected sometimes round the clock to work if something big happens because that’s my job… I choose that for myself and those are the consequences that I have to deal with."

Del. Norton:  "We are the generation that is fascinated with these devices; people are going to get used to these devices and they won’t be as distracting because they won’t be as new."

Megan Beyer:  "Just as we’ve become more sensitive about printing things out… I think we’re going to realize I don’t need to send an email three times today I’ll send one email."

Bettina Inclan:  "There’s pros and cons with everything in life and in general [modern technology] has empowered a lot of people."

Bonnie Erbe:  "Cities have made driving and texting [illegal] but now they have to go and do it for walking too."

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