Severe Pay Gap Between Men and Women in Maryland, Advocacy Group Says

Last Updated on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:23pm | Workforce Development

Men earn much higher pay in Maryland than women, according to a new study released by the National Women’s Law Center. The county-by-county breakdown showed that in every Maryland county except Prince George’s, men earned more than women.
 
In Allegany County, women earned 71.5 cents for every dollar a man earned, according to the study. In Garrett County, the gap is smaller, with women earning 86.8 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Statewide, women earned about 86 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the study’s authors.
 
“Women in Charles County, Maryland, face a 32 cent wage gap. In Somerset County, they face a 24 cent gap. The data are clear: Women in Maryland face a wage gap in virtually every county,” said Liz Watson, director of Workplace Justice for Women at the National Women's Law Center. The gap is worse for minorities. African-American women in Maryland earned only 70 cents and Hispanic women earned only 47 cents for every dollar earned by men, the study found.
 
The pay calculations were made using 2011-13 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The survey was discussed by leaders of the Maryland Working Families advocacy group during a Baltimore press conference Tuesday. Read more>>