Gender Equity in Pay Task Force
Mayor Mike McGinn has convened a Gender Equity in Pay Task Force to address inequities in salaries and wages based on gender in Seattle City government. The Task Force is led by Patricia Hayden, YWCA Director of Specialized and Integrated Services and Patricia Lally, Acting Director of the Office for Civil Rights.
The Gender Equity in Pay Task Force is made up of community experts with expertise to help the City of Seattle come up with creative solutions to this complex problem. The Task Force will:
The goal of the Gender Equity in Pay Task Force is to address inequities in salaries and wages based on gender in Seattle City government. The Task Force is led by Patricia Hayden, YWCA Director of Specialized and Integrated Services and Patricia Lally, Acting Director of the Office for Civil Rights.
A recent report from the National Partnership for Women and Families (NWPF) ranked Seattle as having the widest gender wage gap among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. In response to the NWPF report, the Mayor directed the City Personnel Department to conduct a review of the City's salary structure to determine if these disparities were present among City of Seattle workers as well. "Not surprisingly, our review found that the City of Seattle does indeed have gender disparities in pay," said the Mayor. "Men employed by the City of Seattle make approximate 9.5% more than women on average, and today we are announcing a Gender Justice Initiative designed to change that."
Task Force Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be held at the East Cherry YWCA, 2820 East Cherry.
Gender Equity in Pay Task Force members
Co-chair Patricia Lally, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Acting Director
On May 1, 2013 Mayor McGinn requested that the City’s Personnel Department review the salaries earned by City of Seattle employees to determine if there are any gender-based salary disparities. The goal of the study was to answer a fundamental question regarding the occurrence and magnitude of gender pay inequity within the community of employees at the City. The study includes 871 job classes representing all City positions in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches except the Library and positions identified as temporary. Seattle employs 9,885 regular employees with a gender breakdown of 3,600 women (36.4%) and 6,285 men (63.6%).
Please take a minute to fill out a short Gender Pay Gap Survey created by Councilmember (and Task Force member) Jean Godden. Tell us how you have been affected by the gender pay gap. Your submission will be forwarded to the rest of the Task Force for their consideration.
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