The Gender Pay Gap is the difference between what men and women earn at their jobs. Currently in Maine, the gap is about 17%, meaning for every dollar men earn, women earn 83 cents. This is an improvement over just eight years ago when voters gave Republicans control of the Legislature and Governor’s Office, but we still have a long way to go. In the eight years prior, when Democrats controlled state government, the gap narrowed just 1%.
Sources: Maine Department of Labor – 2002: 24%. Maine Women’s Lobby – 2010: 23% and 2018: 17%