NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:21 EDT
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New Hampshire state Rep. Will Infantine (YouTube)
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A New Hampshire lawmaker found himself being heckled by his colleagues on Wednesday during a state House speech, which asserted that women lacked the work ethic of men so they should be paid less.

During a floor debate on Wednesday, state Rep. Will Infantine (R) argued that the “Paycheck Equity Act” was not necessary to prevent wage discrimination based on gender because women deserved to make less.

“Men, by and large, make more because some of the things that they do,” he opined. “Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors.”

At that point in the video clip uploaded by Granite State Progress, other lawmakers began to loudly object to Infantine’s remarks.

“It’s not me!” he exclaimed, insisting that his facts came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do,” he continued. “When it comes to women and men who own businesses… women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are.”

Again, Infantine was interrupted by other lawmakers.

“Guys! I’m not making this stuff up,” the Republican pleaded. “My apologies if I have some people upset.”

The New Hampshire state House passed the “Paycheck Equity Act” in a 187-134 vote on Wednesday. The bill will face scrutiny from the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee before it comes back to the full House for a final vote.

Watch the video below, uploaded on April 23, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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