The Slatest

Donald Trump Doesn’t Employ Many Women on His Campaign Staff, and He Pays Them Less

Donald Trump crowns Miss USA at the Trump Tower on Jan. 9, 2013, in New York.

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Donald Trump has repeatedly countered criticism of his life of misogyny saying: “I respect women, I love women, I cherish women.” The Boston Globe ran the numbers on Trump’s campaign staff over the weekend to see if all those warm and fuzzy feelings translate into cold hard cash. You will likely be unsurprised to hear that Trump’s staff is predominantly male and the women he does employ make about a quarter less than their male co-workers.

Here’s what the Globe analysis based on April financial filings by the campaigns found about the makeup of Trump’s staff:


The women who work for Trump—who account for about 28 percent of his total staff—made an average of about $4,500 in April, according to the Globe analysis. The men made nearly $6,100, or about 35 percent more. The disparity is slightly greater than the gender pay gap nationally. Of the 15 highest-paid employees for that month, only two were women. … Trump’s campaign staff is also far less diverse than that of his likely Democratic opponent. Only about 9 percent of his team are minorities, compared with nearly a third of Clinton’s staff.

Here’s how Clinton’s staff stacked up on gender pay equity:

The women working for Clinton—who account for 53 percent of her total staff—took home an average of $3,710. The men made slightly more, at $3,760. Clinton’s staffers, men and women, made less than the women who work for Trump. On Clinton’s campaign, the highest-paid employee was a woman, Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s director of communications. And of the 15 highest-paid employees, eight were men and seven were women.