Action on Gender Pay Disparity #EqualPaySEA
In April, the National Partnership for Women and Families found that Seattle has the widest gender wage gap of the top 50 metropolitan areas - women only make 73 cents for every dollar earned by men. Following the release of this data, the Council and Mayor asked for a study to determine whether a wage gap exists at the City of Seattle. The findings, released on July 15, showed that on average male City employees make 10% more than their female colleagues. Men also dominate both higher levels of executive and departments where wages run higher.
The City has assembled a task force to take an in-depth look at solving the gender pay gap. The task force will report this fall and develop a Gender Justice Initiative by January 2014.
I plan to work with my Council colleagues to develop legislation to address the pay gap city wide. Now is the time to come up with innovative solutions
Please check back here for the latest on my efforts to address the wage gap and to learn more about how we can make sure women have the best chance at success in Seattle. And please contact me directly if you have a story of gender pay inequity to share. Your voice is critical in pushing for the systemic changes that we need.
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