October 6, 2006
The Women’s Employment Issues Committee of the Maine Jobs Council today released a report on working women in Maine, concluding that although progress has been made in recent years to close the gender wage gap, women still earn significantly less than men and are more likely to live in poverty. “Governor Baldacci asked me to lead the charge on pay equity, with a goal that hard work would always lead to fair and equal compensation. I’m proud of the work of the Jobs Council. We’ve made progress, but we must do more,” said Commissioner Laura Fortman.
“More than ever, families are relying on wages earned by women,” said Sharon Barker, Director of the Women's Resource Center at the University of Maine. “When Maine women are economically secure, their families, their communities and the state as a whole benefit.”
The report tracked women’s success in the labor market based on eight primary indicators, including data on employment, wages, education and health insurance coverage.
The report’s findings include:
The Women’s Subcommittee of the Maine Jobs Council fosters action on current factors affecting women’s participation in the workforce. The committee highlights employment issues, develops recommendations to the Maine Jobs Council, and proposes and promotes policies, programs, and legislation that provide full economic opportunity for all Maine women.
A copy of the report is available on the Maine Jobs Council website at: http://www.maine.gov/labor/mjc/documents/2006womensreport.html For more information, contact Peaches Bass at (207) 624-6390 or TTY: 1-800-794-1110.
Contact: Sharon Barker
Tel: (207) 581-1501