Women Continue to Earn Less Than Men in 2014

Courtesy of the White House Blog.

Maryland’s General Assembly voted to raise Maryland’s statewide minimum wage to $10.10 per hour this past legislative session.  The Governor signed the bill into law, which phases in increases in the minimum wage over several years.

According to the White House, increasing the minimum wage nationwide is one change that could help reduce the pay gap between men and women in the United States.  As described on the White House Blog,

On average, women who work full-time all year make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. That gap is even larger for women of color. For African American women, it’s 64 cents, and for Hispanic women, it’s 56 cents.

The fact is that women are starting their careers with lower pay, and that gap widens over time. Whether they get passed over for promotions, receive fewer raises, or take time off to care for their family members, the wage gap only grows for women. Because of women’s increasing importance to their families’ financial health, policies to raise the wages of working women, such as raising the Federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, ending pregnancy discrimination, and increasing pay transparency, can help narrow the gender pay gap and help families overall.

For more information on minimum wage, see the White House Blog and our previous posts: Opinion Piece Attributes Local Minimum Wage Debates to Federal InactionNACo Passes Resolutions on Minimum Wage, Keystone XL Pipeline, and Unaccompanied ChildrenMaryland Governor Signs Minimum Wage Law.

At this year’s MACo Winter Conference, the Women of MACo will be meeting to discuss issues of importance to women in Maryland.  Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.


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