The above video was forwarded to us by a reader who was transfixed by the speech made Tuesday by Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble, in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 13-027 designating April 9th, 2013 as "Equal Pay Day" in recognition of continuing gender income inequality. We apologize for the bad music, but the stats interspersed make a fine rebuttal to Sen. Marble's remarks. Of course, just listening to her ought to have that effect:
I can say that as a woman and the history of women in my family, we really haven't seen that this joint resolution and the designation of April 9th as Equal Pay Day in Colorado is something we're very familiar with…
Wage advantages for women are tremendous! For every two men who graduate college today, three women do. And college graduates earn almost $30,000 more per year on average than high school grads.
Some that I have found are, hit your hardships and mistakes head on. Take responsibility, and turn everything into a learning opportunity. Never walk by an open door without taking a look into its offerings.
I feel like we've outgrown the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This is 2013. And the women of today are stronger, and more capable and educated than ever. So I would say, we ought to celebrate that, and discontinue the victimization of women. [Pols emphasis]
"Victimization of women?" Was Sen. Marble talking about the billions women employees lose out on each year in Colorado compared to their male counterparts? Is it somehow possible that women college graduates make more than men (answer: they don't)? Maybe you're just not supposed to ask questions about what she meant. Like your crazy uncle, we don't think Sen. Marble is even interested in justifying this stuff.
But safe to say, this was a speech that won't win Republicans back any disaffected women.