Biden Bank Regulator Nominee Praises USSR: 'There Was No Gender Pay Gap'
'I couldn't imagine that things like the gender pay gap still existed in today's world'
President Joe Biden's pick for the Comptroller of the Currency seemingly praised for the "glory days" of the USSR because it had no gender wage gap.
Nominee Saule Omarova's tweet from 2019 says:
"Until I came to the U.S., I couldn't imagine that things like the gender pay gap still existed in today's world."
"Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there. Market doesn't always 'know best.'"
Omarova was criticized for the tweet and responded:
"I never claimed women and men were treated absolutely equally in every facet of Soviet life."
"But people's salaries were set (by the state) in a gender-blind manner."
"And all women got very generous maternity benefits."
"Both things are still a pipe dream in our society!"
WSJ— Diamond_invest (@Yokohama215) October 3, 2021
Thirty years later, she still believes the Soviet economic system was superior, and that U.S. banking should be remade in the Gosbank’s image.“Until I came to the US, I couldn’t imagine that things like gender pay gap still existed in today’s world.https://t.co/8yv7yC1fL3
As the editorial board remarked:
"Sure, there was a Gulag and no private property, but maternity benefits!"
Omarova's comments praising the USSR are not uncommon for modern feminists.
Each year, the World Economic Forum produces a report ranking the countries based on their gender policies and routinely ranks Rwanda ahead of the U.S. due to the smaller gender wage gap.
Neon Nettle reported in 2019 that google was "severely underpaying" male employees compared to their female counterparts, a probe into gender equality at the company found at the time.
The Silicon Valley giant conducted a study to determine the extent of Google's "wage gap" following complaints the company wasn't doing enough to address the issue of women and minorities being paid less than their male counterparts.