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New Hampshire GOP Rep. Will Infantine Says Women Shouldn't Get Paid As Much As Men Because They Don't Work As Hard

| by Allison Geller

Infantine, or infantile? New Hampshire Rep. Will Infantine argued against a proposed paycheck equity bill by claiming that men work harder than women.

Infantine insisted that men take more risks in business and don’t mind working “outdoors in the elements,” thus should be paid more than women.

 “Men by and large make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, more riskier,” Infantine said Wednesday. “They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime, or outdoors in the elements.”

A video taken by the progressive advocacy group Granite State Progress, several other representatives object to Infantine’s claims. Infantine then rebuts, “It’s not me!”

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“Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do. When it comes to women and men who own businesses … women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are,” Infantine continues, claiming that the Bureau of Labor Statistics bolsters his statements—despite research that indicates that the gender gap exists mostly where men and women do the exact same jobs.

“Guys! I’m not making this stuff up!” Infantine insists.

Granite State Progress’ executive director, Zandra Rice Hawkins, called the GOP rep out on his uncouth comments in a press release.

“Comments like these only serve to remind us of the outdated thinking that has allowed paycheck inequity to exist in the workplace for way too long,” Hawkins said. “Women are not asking for anything more than an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work.”

The New Hampshire House gave preliminary approval to the Paycheck Equity Act on Wednesday in a 189-134 vote. The act aims to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination.

It will not be reviewed by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee before returning to the full House for a final vote.

New Hampshire Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan expressed her support for the bill in January—not only for the good of working women, but for the state as a whole.

“Today, well over half of the women in our state are either the primary or co-breadwinners in their families,” Hassan said. “And yet, on average, women in New Hampshire earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn in comparable jobs. This disparity ... also puts further strain on our state budget and hurts our local businesses by taking money out of the pockets of consumers."

Sources: Huffington Post, Public Health Watch