(Edited from press release) – Mayor Mike McGinn announced a $1.5 million reserve to fund future recommendations made by the Gender Equity in Pay Taskforce and help equalize the City of Seattle’s gender pay deficit.

(Edited from press release) – Mayor Mike McGinn announced a $1.5 million reserve to fund future recommendations made by the Gender Equity in Pay Taskforce and help equalize the City of Seattle’s gender pay deficit.

“Gender disparity in pay is a real issue for the City,” said Mayor McGinn. “That’s why we launched a Gender Equity in Pay Task Force. I thank the Task Force for their diligent work toward understanding the City’s gender pay issues, and for their recommendations so far. This reserve will allow us to do the right thing and help balance the existing inequities.”

Earlier this year, Mayor McGinn directed the City Personnel Department to conduct a review of the City’s salary structure and determine if a gender pay disparity existed among City of Seattle workers. This study revealed that men employed by the City of Seattle make approximately 9.5% more than women on average.

The Gender and Social Justice Initiative will be launched in 2014 to expand the scope of this work beyond the City of Seattle to the broader community. Building off of the focus on gender equity in pay, the Initiative will be inclusive of the broader range of issues impacting gender equity, such as safety, family support, health, etc. Similar to the Race and Social Justice Initiative, the Gender and Social Justice Initiative will focus on institutional and structural biases that perpetuate inequitable outcomes. Because of the current reality of both institutional gender and racial biases, recognition will be given to the disproportionate impacts on women of color.

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