PORTLAND – Today is “equal pay day” and volunteers hit the streets of Portland to talk about what they call a severe gender gap.
Volunteers dressed in pink hit monument square this morning. They say research shows women in Maine earn 81 cents for each dollar a man earns… Adding up to a yearly wage gap of about 85-hundred dollars.
“So we’re trying to take a slightly humorous approach to the issue which is that if you look at the research, Maine won’t resolve the pay equality gap until the year 2057. So what we did was post some signs up to try to imagine what other things come in 2057 to try to highlight and draw attention to the issue.” Nicole Clegg, Planned Parenthood
Some issues the volunteers say may also arrive in 40 years include living on mars… Riding on hoverboards and using real light sabers. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree also noted the pay gap today– pushing for what she calls the critical paycheck fairness act. It would require employers to show that pay disparity is related to job performance or experience, not gender.