Fiorina: Now Is the Time to Have a National Conversation About Women in the U.S.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, former CEO of HP, said a performance-based pay scale should be installed across the federal government.

“Despite it already being law, the left wants to further legislate equal pay, yet they support the seniority systems in government and unions that reward not merit, not performance but time and grade. We know these systems pay for years worked rather than performance, disproportionately impacting women,” Fiorina said at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner in Washington.

“This is something that government can change. We as conservatives and libertarians who believe in merit and excellence, let’s work together to move to a pay-for-performance meritocracy and make promoting high-achieving men and women a top priority. We also need to give women the tools that they need to rise through these meritocracies—and that starts with reforming our education system.”

Fiorina argued that Democrats are on the “wrong side” of education policy.

To support her position, she cited the head of the Chicago teachers union saying they could not be held accountable for the performance of students in their classrooms because too many of them were poor and from broken families.

“What was she saying? If you are poor and you come from a broken family, then you don’t have potential. You don’t have God-given gifts. But across the country students in California fought back, arguing that their constitutional right to an equal education was being violated by state laws that protected ‘grossly ineffective teachers’ and they won,” Fiorina said.

“In Louisiana, this administration sued to shut down a program that allowed students to leave their failing public school. That’s right. They sued to put disadvantaged kids back into schools that they knew were failing. The left is on the wrong side of this issue. They continue to protect the status quo and teachers unions and it is hurting our children.”

Fiorina said now is the time to have a national conversation about the state of women in the U.S.

“Change is difficult and slow. I’ve experienced this reality firsthand and I know that, unfortunately, the playing field is still not level. When I first started at AT&T, my male colleagues held a meeting with new clients at a strip club. When I got into the cab the morning of the meeting and told the driver where I was going, he asked me if I was the new act,” she said.