Pay discrimination remains a persistent problem in the workforce. In Maryland, on average, women working full-time, year-round typically earn 85.4 cents for every dollar earned by men. Asian American women in Maryland earn only 82.2 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and the situation is even worse for African American women (69.0 cents) and Latinas (47.1 cents).2 Nearly 64 percent of Maryland women over the age of 16 are in the labor force. Equal pay is a vital concern for Maryland’s working families, who increasingly depend on women’s wages to achieve economic security. SB 481 and HB 1003—the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act—would strengthen Maryland’s equal pay law and provide workers with the tools they need to combat pay discrimination and close the wage gap.