Columbus Women’s Commission campaign focuses on leveling wage gap

The Columbus Women’s Commission has announced its next steps to address pay inequality between men and women in the workplace. The Columbus Commitment campaign will push 100 more employers to adopt 100-day wage change practices. These employers will be 100% committed to improving workplace inequality, with a particular focus on wage disparity.

Employers volunteer to participate in the initiative and commit to reviewing their gender-based pay equity data, while participating in best business practices and implementing strategies to change pay equity.

So far, 287 employers have joined the pledge, with the goal of adding 100 more by July 3, 2022.

“In Franklin County, women make up more than 50% of the population, yet one in four women are economically insecure and struggle to afford food, housing, medical care and other needs. essential vitals,” said First Lady Shannon Ginther, president of the Columbus Women’s Commission. “While the pandemic has not created these burdens, it has highlighted and compounded many barriers that women face. We are committed to reversing these trends and further expanding equity in Columbus and central Ohio.

The pandemic has moved the commission in a positive direction. With school closures and closures, companies have contacted the commission for information on how to keep women in work. Many employers have turned to remote work, which has helped parents keep their jobs and take care of their children at home.

Shannon Ginther said that when awareness is raised about such issues, people sign up.

“You are worth it and you can ask for it,” Shannon Ginther said. “It makes you someone in the job market, with benefits, with 401K, with health insurance, thus increasing economic security.”

Shannon Ginther – Photo courtesy of the Columbus Women’s Commission

Since 2017, the Columbus Women’s Commission has been dedicated to helping women break down barriers to reduce inequality and improve the economic status of women in Columbus. The commission’s main areas of interest are health, housing, gender equity in the workplace and workforce development.

“Dismantling barriers and reducing gender-based inequalities are essential to the economic vitality of women and our entire community,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “By moving the needle on these important issues, we will ensure that even more of our residents share in our city’s success.

In the United States, women are paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to men. African American women earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by a man, while Latina women earn 57 cents. According to the Columbus Women’s Commission, wage inequality is an economic problem for families struggling to support themselves. The commission advocates that a fair wage in Columbus would increase diversity in business innovation and help with recruitment.

“There is a long way to go. From a visionary perspective, it’s about continuing to raise the issue until it no longer needs to be raised because it’s not the way people do business anymore.” , said Shannon Ginther. “We will close this wage gap and continue to help women and families live better lives.

For more information, visit columbus.gov/payequity.

Aurora J. William