WHEREAS, Maine law states that an employer may not discriminate between employees in the same establishment on the basis of sex by paying wages to any employee in any occupation in this State at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays any employee of the opposite sex for comparable work on jobs that have comparable requirements relating to skill, effort and responsibility; and
WHEREAS, wage inequality remains an ongoing issue though requirements regarding equal pay have been a part of Maine law since 1949; and
WHEREAS, wage inequality causes substantial harm to Maine citizens and the economy, as Maine women earn just 82 percent of what men earn for the same amount of time worked; and
WHEREAS, on a national level, women working full-time, year-round are typically paid just 84 cents for every dollar paid to men and the wage gap is even greater for most women of color; and
WHEREAS, even though Maine Equal Pay Day is recognized annually on the first Tuesday of April, March 14, 2023 symbolizes how far into the year women in the United States must have worked to earn what men had earned by December 31, 2022.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that I, Janet T. Mills, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim March 14, 2023 as
National Equal Pay Day
in Maine, and I encourage all citizens to take part in activities and observances designed to celebrate the value of women’s skills and the significant contributions that women make to our labor force.
In testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand at Augusta this eighth day of March Two Thousand Twenty-Three