"Roberts Calls Equal Pay For Women “A Radical Redistributive Concept”"
President Bush said Supreme Court nominee John Roberts has a “profound respect for…the liberties guaranteed to every citizen.”
But in a 1984 memo, Roberts argued wasn’t anything wrong with the fact that women earned 60 percent of what men did for the same work. He trashed a letter written to Reagan by then-Rep. Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), then-Rep. Claudine Schneider (R-RI) and Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT) urging the administration to accept a federal court ruling prohibiting women from being paid less because of their gender:
[The letter] contends that more is required because women still earn only $0.60 for every $1 earned by men, ignoring the factors that explain that apparent disparity, such as seniority, the fact that many women frequently leave the work force for extended periods of time. I honestly find it troubling that three Republican representatives are so quick to embrace such a radical redistributive concept.
Roberts, then accused the three female member of congress of embracing Marxist dogma:
Their slogan may as well be, “From each according to his ability, to each according to her gender.”
Roberts problems with women demanding equal treatment are longstanding. In 1972, in his high school newspaper, he explained why his all-boy academy shouldn’t go co-ed:
I would prefer to discuss Shakespeare’s double entendre and the latus rectum of conic sections without a [b]londe giggling and blushing behind me.