Tackling the Unfinished Business of Gender Equality

It has now been 50 years since The Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, and yet in workplaces around the state, pay discrimination goes unnoticed and unpunished. Even in the deep blue state of Maryland, there is a gender gap where women earn only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. In Maryland, the median income for a man is $57,447 while a woman’s median earnings are only $49,000. This gap is wider for minority women and women with disabilities. Additionally, more women are working today than ever before, and two-thirds of women today are primary or co-breadwinners. Paying women fair and equal wages helps women, families, and the economy. It is also an issue of basic decency and fairness.

The Attorney General has broad powers in confronting this unjustifiable form of discrimination. If elected, Jon will instruct the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division to refocus its investigative and litigious operations on confronting this injustice both inside and outside of the government. The Office of the Attorney General under Jon Cardin will practice what it preaches. As counsel to all departments, agencies, and the legislature, Jon will demand equal pay for equal work on all government payrolls. The Attorney General bears tremendous responsibility for bringing about fairness and justice, and Jon firmly believes that Maryland’s top elected officials must lead by example.