During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama lamented the fact that women are still paid less than men in 2014.
The president said this type of inequality belonged “in a Mad Men episode” and advocated equal pay for women, which brought applause from Democrats and some Republicans, including Speaker of the House John Boehner.
However, this morning, Fox News host Martha MacCallum claimed that women did not want laws guaranteeing them equal pay for equal work, notes RawStory.com (video below).
MacCallum also made the claim that women are already being paid “exactly what they’re worth.”
“I think most women do not want to be treated as sort of a special class of citizen," said MacCallum. "They want to go every day, they want to get paid for being a professional for doing their job really well, and they don’t want to be treated like some special group of people who have to be given a little special handout just to make sure they’re okay.”
Her guest Alan Colmes responded, "Special handout? It’s equal pay for equal work, it’s having sick leave, it’s having pregnancy leave.”
“Women get paid exactly what they’re worth,” said MacCallum, who did not provide any evidence for her claim.
Politifact.com reports that the Census Bureau, which tracks annual wages, stated that in 2010 women made 77 cents for every dollar that men made, regardless of occupation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that women had median weekly earnings of $669 in 2010, while men made $824.