Republican State Rep Says Women Sound Like 'Whiners' When Asking For Equal Pay

Who knew that wanting equal rights could make you so... whiney?

Demanding the little things, like fair pay and reasonable family leave, might seem sensical to you and me, but according to Minnesota state Rep. Andrea Kieffer (a member of the GOP, who's surprised?), women are "whiners" for wanting these things protected by law.

Kieffer voted against a bill in the Minnesota House last week that addressed the pay gap and other pesky social issues, like maternity leave and minimum wage.

Kieffer said she opposed the bill because they appeared to be "putting us backwards in time," which is somewhat funny because it seems like Kieffer is doing that all by herself, what with her insistence on women not needing their rights guaranteed by law and all.

"We are losing the respect that we so dearly want in the workplace by bringing up all these special bills for women and almost making us look like whiners.”

Minnesota House Majority Leader Erin Murphy came out with a historically-grounded retort against Kieffer's insensitive comments, insisting that Susan B. Anthony probably seemed like a whiner back in the day when she demanded that women be granted the right to vote.

If this behavior is whiney, then I'm all for complaining.

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