The Pay Equity Issue Women in Columbus earn 78 cents to every dollar earned by a man. This puts Columbus even lower than the national average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Women of color experience even greater disparity. Nationally, African-American women earn 63 cents for every dollar a man makes, while Latina women earn 54 cents. Despite this, women are participating in the workforce at a rate of 63% in Central Ohio and make up just over 50% of our population locally.

Making a Difference While there are no simple solutions to closing the gender and race-based pay gap, it’s clear that investing in women strengthens the economic backbone of our community. Empowering women begins with understanding what contributes to these pay disparities, 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.