Women Make Almost As Much As Men in Maryland Jobs
I found a blog post from late August in the Baltimore Sun that cites the highly publicized census report on state-by-state income. As some of you may know, Maryland is now the state with the highest median income in the country. The post pointed out that, in Maryland, the median income for women was 81.4% of that of men. Obviously, that’s far from equal pay, but it was the third best ratio in the nation, behind Colorado and North Carolina, respectively.
I guess that is significant progress, but I’m definitely surprised that such a wide disparity still exists. Or that there is still a cultural and societal tendency toward paying women less than men.
And statistics, on the whole, scare me. I have no idea how the census report is manipulating its data or if a truly accurate and objective comparison of the pay of men versus women is even possible. But there seems to be a consensus among academics and employment experts that the disparity in pay is very real.
It’s an extremely sad situation when a nearly 20% pay disparity is the best any state in America can do for its women workers. I can’t believe politicians aren’t all over this issue in every state. Maybe Hillary will have something to say about it.