The goal of the Gender Justice Project is to achieve gender equity within Seattle City government, and to work with the private sector to achieve gender equity in the community.

A study released in 2013 by the National Partnership for Women and Families revealed that across the nation, women earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In the Seattle metro area that number drops to 73 cents for every dollar – the worst pay gap in the nation.

At the City of Seattle, the pay gap among City employees is significantly smaller, with women earning 90.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. This gap widens when race is taken into account. While white women earn an average of 92 cents for every dollar a white man earns at the City of Seattle, Asian and Pacific Islander women earn 85 cents, Latina women earn 83 cents, African American women earn 79 cents and Native American women earn 74 cents.

To address gender inequities at the City of Seattle, the Mayor and the Council have introduced a joint resolution that instructs the City to:

  • Develop training and strategies that address gender equity in the workplace, with a focus on institutional and structural sexism, and the intersections of race, gender and gender identity.
  • Identify policies and practices that may contribute to disparities; make recommendations for pay, practice and policy adjustments based on findings; examine the root causes of inequities; and identify strategies for change.
  • Conduct a study on paid parental leave, identify potential strategies and propose additional family friendly policies.
  • Create a citywide leadership and management development program for employees and provide opportunities for career growth in under-represented employee groups.

City Council also will launch Gender Justice Project to address gender disparities within the private sector and throughout the region, by taking steps to:

  • Develop best practices, a gender equity toolkit and partnerships that showcase progressive, equity-driven businesses and organizations.
  • Incorporate a gender equity lens in citywide initiatives, such as legislation to increase the minimum wage.
  • Encourage statewide legislation that supports working women and families, including paid sick and safe time, family and medical leave insurance, reproductive parity and other actions.
  • Participate in a regional effort to address position-based disparities in compensation based on race, gender, or other protected bases.

4/2/14 press release: Mayor Murray and Councilmembers announce Gender Justice Project

4/1/14 draft Resolution: City of Seattle’s commitment to gender equity

Gender Equity in Pay Taskforce

In 2013, the City of Seattle convened a Gender Equity in Pay Task Force to examine disparities in pay at the City of Seattle and take a deeper look at the causes and manifestations of gender disparity across departments. The Task Force generated a comprehensive set of recommendations to the City of Seattle that aims to address the City’s gender pay gap and the root causes of gender inequity.

Report: Gender Equity in Pay at the City of Seattle

View details of the Task Force's work in 2013.