Today I met Lily. No, not Lilly Ledbetter — four-month old Lily whose mom, Sara Wilkinson, President of Maryland NOW, spoke at an (un)Equal Pay Day event in Baltimore.
At the current rate of progress, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research projects that Lily and other baby girls born in Maryland this year will face a wage gap until they are 27. And, in case you wondered, Lily’s mom says that is absolutely not ok.
In fact, new data from an issue brief NWLC released today with Maryland Working Families shows that in virtually every county in the state of Maryland women face a substantial wage gap.
- In St. Mary’s County women earn 32.4 cents less for every dollar a man makes.
- Women in Caroline County face a 31.2 cent gap.
- In Calvert County it’s a 27.6 cent gap.
And in the state of Maryland as a whole, Maryland women’s median earnings are about $50,211, in comparison to median earnings for men of $58,746. That is a difference of a whopping $8,535. To put it in perspective, $8535 is equal to nearly ten months of rent and utilities or nearly two years of health care contributions.
For Lilly and for Lily, it’s time for the Maryland General Assembly to take steps to finally close the wage gap.