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Pay Equity Plan Designed to Help Close Wage Gap in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Pay Equity Plan Designed to Help Close Wage Gap in ColumbusShannon Ginther, Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission.
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Last Thursday, the Columbus Women’s Commission announced a new plan to help close the wage gap across genders and races in Columbus. The new plan, known in full as “The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity” already has 60 organizations signed to the voluntary pledge.

“We all know that investing in women strengthens the economic backbone of our community,” stated First Lady Shannon Ginther, chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission, during a press announcement last week. “Empowering women begins with eliminating implicit bias and leveling the playing field. Moving the goal line from equal pay for equal work to 100% pay equity is the fuel that will make our community thrive.”

In the city of Columbus, women currently earn 78 cents to every dollar their male counterparts make, which is slightly lower than the 80 cent national average. The gap is more significant for African-American women, who earn 63 cents, and Latina women who earn 54 cents to every dollar a man makes.

Some of the early adopters to take the pledge include AEP, Barnes & Thornburg, Nationwide Insurance, The Ohio State University, Cardinal Health, Stauf’s, Donatos, Equitas Health, Geben Communication, The Mid Ohio Foodbank, Huntington and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

“Columbus is America’s Opportunity city, which makes The Columbus Commitment a vital tool for gender and race based pay equity for our residents,” added Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “The City of Columbus is proud to be an early adopter, and we’re already taking concrete steps to ensure pay equity for our workers.”

Companies and organizations that want to enter into the agreement can find more information at www.columbus.gov/payequity.

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