• Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

Local employers commit to County Commission on Women and Girls’ first pay equity commitment

By Bridget Doherty

Hamilton County Communications

Over 40 local employers were at the Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls’ first-ever Pay Equity Commitment singing day.

The voluntary Pay Equity Commitment developed by the Commission on Women and Girls is part of Hamilton County’s broader commitment to advancing pay equity within the region. The Pay Equity Commitment provides strategies to implementing specific solutions to help close the gender- and race-based pay gaps in Hamilton County.

Biases and lack of access to promotions, bonuses and flexibility contribute to consistently lower earnings for women and disproportionately women of color. Hamilton County’s Pay Equity Commitment goes beyond requesting commitment to equal pay for equal work and asks employers to remedy other disparities contributing to the gender wage gap. By signing the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment, local employers are pledging to set an example in pay equity in Hamilton County.

Recent research shows that for each $1 earned by a White man: Asian American women earn $0.95; White women earn $0.82; African and Black women earn $0.77; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander women earn $0.76; and American Indian and Alaskan Native women earn $0.69.

In Ohio, the pay gap between White men and White and Black women is even larger. For every $1 earned by White men, White women earn 80 cents and Black women earn 66 cents, according to research compiled by the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the economy and disproportionately  impacted women and people of color, especially women of color. According to the Women’s Fund, “Black women breadwinners are concentrated in the very occupations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, both as essential workers, such as health care aides and as employees in jobs most affected by furloughs and job loss, such as retail and food services.”

Organizations do better when women have a seat at the table, the report states.

Participating local employers committed to pay equity include:

4C for Children

African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Cincinnati Public Library

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Cincinnati Zoo

City of Cincinnati

District 78

Dress for Success Cincinnati

Driehaus Insurance Group

FC Cincinnati

First Step Home

Foxtails

Girls Health Period

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Hair Kitchen

Hamilton County

Health Care Access Now

Health Gap

La Soupe

Literacy Network

Lydia’s House

Madtree

Michelman

Al. Neyer

Neyer Management

Price Hill Will

ProAmPAC

RESLV

Talbert House

The Crossroads Center

The Port

Together Digital

Turner

UMADAOP of Cincinnati

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Wyoming Meat Market

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

The Hamilton County Commission on Women and Girls was formed to give women and girls a seat at the table, turning rhetoric into action. The Commission is made up of 20 community leaders and 10 high school student members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The commission promotes the rights of women and girls and the ability to be fundamentally free in political, economic, social, cultural and civil realms. The Commission on Women and Girls makes recommendations to the board, facilitates community partnership and engagement, promotes women leadership, and develops educational campaigns in alignment with the commission’s commitment to give women and girls a seat at the table.