September 22, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the GOP’s “women problem,”  hiring discrimination levels not going down, and how men and women are perceived differently when it comes to being providers.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Republican Strategist Jennifer Higgins, Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar, and Women for Trump’s Ann Stone.

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Women & the GOP

Mitch McConnell says it’s time for Republicans to appeal to women more. Will they be successful?

  • Ann Stone: “[Republicans] can and will win women over, if they spend some time to focus on it.”

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: You try overturning Obamacare (...) the ship is gonna lean so far away from Republicans, they will wish they had left well enough alone”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Do Democrats need to change policies? Because Hillary lost big among men.”

  • Jennifer Higgins “We are behind the eight ball, having four or five women in the US Senate. We need more than that. “

  • Maria Teresa Kumar: “The biggest challenge with the Democratic party, is that when they were talking to voters, they weren’t leading with issues of economics. The majority of white Americans are 56 or 57 years old, and if the only issue you’re talking about is family leave, you’re not talking about meeting that voter where they are.”

Hiring Discrimination

A new study says bias in hiring is as bad today as it was in 1989.

  • Ann Stone: “By 2018, it’s projected that half of all new jobs in our economy will be created by women-owned businesses. That’s spectacular.”

  • Del. Norton: “If you relax because it’s a little better, then we will slide back because it’s much too entrenched.”

  • Jennifer Higgins: “It would be great if we looked at different ways to test implicit bias when it comes to hiring managers”

  • Maria Teresa Kumar: “The media should shed light on this, but it’s not just the media, we have to ensure that there are regulations in place.”

Women as Providers

Americans still see men as the primary providers, even as women’s contribution in terms of income goes up.

  • Ann Stone: “Older generations of men were threatened when the woman in the house made more, that’s not so true with the younger generation.”

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “If anyone has suffered in the 21st century economy, it is men, because ‘men’s work’ has gone off-shore.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Is this why pay inequity persists... because lower income people are more likely to say it’s good for a woman to earn more, whereas upper income people, the ones doing the hiring, don’t believe that?”

  • Jennifer Higgins: “This ‘prince charming’ effect has to fall by the wayside, which is that a man is going to come in and support you, so you marry for different reasons.”

  • Maria Teresa Kumar: “If you are earning more, all of sudden you actually have more flexibility of how you use your time and you don’t have to necessarily have to work. You may be able to stay at home and as a result you have a different life experience than the person who is below the poverty line.”

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