The gender imbalance yesterday on the front row of the White House briefing room on “Equal Pay Day” didn’t escape the notice of this blog. Or a certain White House official:
Love all these guys, but note that 6 of 7 news orgs in front row sent men to ask @pressec abt the problem of gender pay inequity.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@JPalm44) April 8, 2014
Or, as it turns out, Julie Pace, the White House reporter for the Associated Press. In the midst of an extended discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today regarding gender pay equity, Pace noted:
There was a lot of focus yesterday on something interesting at the White House, which was the front row of the White House briefing room during the daily briefing with Jay Carney. There are seven news organizations that sit in that front row. My news organization is the only one that had a woman in the chair yesterday. So even though women are making a lot of gains, when you look at senior level positions, there are just anecdotal examples all around us every day where you see that it is not quite equal.
Right: 6 to 1 is not quite equal. We took a whack at that yesterday at examining the impact of the lopsidedness.