New York, New York (Accredited Times) – NBC is known for its progressive politics and hard-hitting journalism. Nonetheless, one of its biggest stars, Megyn Kelly, shockingly is still not receiving equal pay for equal work.
According to public reports, Kelly, 46, is making just US$23 million per year from NBC to host NBC’s flagship morning program, The Today Show. In contrast, Kelly’s co-host, Matt Lauer, 59, is making an estimated US$25 million per year — over 8% more.
Lauer, of course, is a white male.
Sadly, Kelly’s career has routinely been hurt by Male Privilege. In 1995, Kelly graduated from Albany Law School, a school ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 109th best law school in the country (with students who score in roughly the 50th percentile on standardized tests). Kelly undoubtedly would have gotten into a more prestigious law school had she not been hindered by Male Privilege. Fortunately, Kelly showed off her amazing intellect and landed a much better job than her mostly male counterparts at Albany Law School. Shortly after graduating, Kelly wowed partners at Jones Day and landed a job at the prestigious law firm, which normally only recruits young lawyers who graduate from a handful of top law schools, like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Georgetown (with students who typically score in the 95th percentile).
It’s unclear how much money and/or bling that Kelly made at Jones Day, but starting associates at Jones Day today typically make around US$200,000 per year. Although male and female associates technically make the same salary at Jones Day with adjustments based on seniority, Kelly was still clearly underpaid. Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who graduated from Georgetown and Harvard Law, began his career at Jones Day; Kelly, however, obviously had (and still has) a vastly superior legal mind compared to the “originalist” Scalia (who is now deceased).
By 2003, Kelly had become bored with the legal profession, so she moved to Washington, D.C., where ABC affiliate WJLA-TV immediately hired her as an assignment reporter. Technically, Kelly had no experience in either journalism or TV reporting, but the patriarchy clearly held her back again. Kelly should have immediately become WJLA’s lead anchor.
In 2004, Kelly applied for a job at Fox News, which she won after working for WJLA for about a year. The glass ceiling, however, again blocked Kelly from reaching her full potential as a womyn. Kelly was not even given her own TV show until 2010 — roughly six years later.
At Fox News, Kelly showed off her journalistic objectivity by lecturing Donald Trump for being a sexist pig during his first Presidential debate on August 6, 2015 and by correctly calling him “Voldemort” afterward. After the debate, despite heavy criticism from the alt-right, Kelly refused to apologize for “doing good journalism.” Progressives applauded Kelly for her journalistic skills. Libertarian Bill Maher complimented Kelly as being “so much better” than Trump and any of the other Republican pigs — and even wanted her to run for President on the Republican ticket.
Like many womyn, Kelly’s career has been held back because of sexual harassment. In November 2016, Kelly released a book, Settle for More, describing how Fox News’ CEO Roger Ailes (now deceased) sexually harassed her. Although Ailes apparently never grabbed her genitalia, the damage was already done.
It’s hard to be a smart, progressive womyn like Megyn Kelly in Trump’s America. It is so damn hard. It’s time for Megyn Kelly to receive equal pay for equal work.
Pay her, NBC!!!