In 1963 the Equal Pay Act addressed wage differences based on gender. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 further strengthened laws for gender equality. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recognized Equal Pay Day at their weekly business meeting in Leonardtown.
Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.
“According to statistics released by the US Census Bureau, year-round, full time, working women in 2014 earned only 79% of the earnings of year-round, full-time, working men,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (4th District). “Fair pay strengthens the security of families today while enhancing the American economy.” In proclaiming Equal Pay Day the commissioners renewed their commitment to end wage discrimination and celebrate the strength and vibrancy that women add to the economy.