Hillary Clinton has long positioned herself as a champion of equal pay for women. Ironically, new reports show that the former Secretary of State is, herself, part of the problem.
During her time in the U.S. Senate, Clinton paid women in her office 72 cents for each dollar paid to men, according to a report by Washington Free Beacon.
Analyzing data obtained from official Senate expenditure reports, Free Beacon concluded that the median annual salary for female staffers was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for men, between 2002 to 2008.
That's about a 28 percent gender wage gap:
As Clinton ramps up her efforts for a likely presidential run in 2016, party leaders expect wage equality to be a major part of her platform. But this latest information might complicate things.
To be fair, some of this gap might have more to do with job selection and hours worked. As The Week notes:
"Women tend to work more part-time jobs, leave the workforce for child rearing more often, and favor jobs with higher flexibility but lower pay."
Still, Clinton will have to explain the disparity in compensation between men and women on her own staff — especially since she has made her public stance so clear:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 9, 2014
Clinton may suggest women being paid 72 cents on the dollar to men only happened 20 years ago in America—but it didn't. It happened in her own Senate office, within the past seven years.