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What is Pay Equity? Pay Equity means paying different jobs of similar value, skill, responsibility and working conditions equitably. From a gender perspective, that means ensuring female dominated jobs are paid equitably to male dominated jobs of similar value and worth to the organization. 

What is Equal Pay for Equal Work? Equal Pay for Equal Work, sometimes referred to simply as ‘Equal Pay,’ means ensuring women and men are paid the same or equitably for doing the same job. For example – a female librarian should be paid the same as a male librarian. 

What is the Gender Pay Gap? The Gender Pay Gap, or wage gap, refers to women’s median annual income compared to men’s median annual income. It compares different jobs across sectors and industries using census data. Issues around equal pay for equal work and pay equity drive the gender pay gap. In Columbus, the gender pay gap is 78 cents to $1, meaning women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. Nationally, women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. There is an even larger disparity for women of color. 

Will an employer signing the Columbus Commitment be submitting data? The Columbus Commitment is voluntary and employer-led, and does not require companies or organizations to submit pay or employment data to the City of Columbus or the Columbus Women’s Commission. We do encourage companies to share progress made since signing the Commitment. The intent is to share best practices and experiences with other signatories in order to improve our community’s overall gender and race-based wage gap and achieve pay equity.

Who attends the Best Practices event each year? The Best Practices event is intended for high level executives, decision makers and leadership within organizations. It is likely the Columbus Women’s Commission will hold other events throughout the year that may be best suited toward other employees in the organization (such as human resources professionals, diversity and inclusion professionals, managers and entry level employees). 

Where can I get more resources to help my organization address these issues? The Columbus Women’s Commission will provide support in connecting companies and organizations to resources to address these issues. Click here for resources. 

What is the timeline? Achieving pay equity and closing the gender based wage gap is a multi-faceted, complicated issue that includes overcoming difficult cultural and social norms. We know there are no simple solutions, but believe concentrated efforts produce results. Every organization, industry and sector faces different challenges when it comes to gender based pay equity. Each organization is encouraged to set its own timeline and goals in order to be successful.