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Carly Fiorina Participates in a Panel Rejecting Dems' "War on Women" ...back >
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March 16, 2015 - Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (right) participated in a "War No More" panel moderated by Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America (left).  Also participating were Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of The Polling Company inc./Woman Trend, Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women's Forum, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who joined later.  They aimed to hold "an honest dialogue on the worn-out mantra of the 'War on Women.'"  Fiorina stated, "Women are half the nation; women are 53-percent of voters.  In other words, we are not a special interest group, we are the majority."  Fiorina made a strong case for pay for performance:

"I am particularly offended by the Democrats' equal pay for equal work mantra.  Because what's the biggest impediment to equal pay for equal work in the workplace?  The seniority system.  Because the seniority system pays for time and grade.  And women are frequently later to enter the workforce or they leave the workforce for a time; women are sometimes the last hired and the first fired.  So a seniority system works against them. 

"Because the seniority system says the longer you're here the more you get paid regardless of your performance, regardless of your contribution; regardless of whether you're doing a good job or a bad job you get paid the same.  That's why we keep getting inspector general reports that say people are watching porn all day long in the federal government, getting paid exactly the same as someone working hard to do a good job. 

"And who is it that supports seniority systems?  Unions.  Government bureaucracies.  The constituencies that the Democrats like to protect. 

"So if you want women to get ahead, if you want women to be valued, you have to pay them for what they contribute.  And that means you have to focus on performance and merit and contribution.  So if we want to see equal pay for equal work, let's go to a pay for performance environment.  It works.  I've done it over and over again in the corporate world.  If you give women an opportunity to compete for every job, and you pay them for what they contribute, they will rise to the top."

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Rep. McMorris Rodgers noted that she was just the 200th woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Among those in the back of the room were an American Bridge tracker.