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March 25th, 2022, Columbus Commitment: Advancing Pay Equity in Our Community (WEBINAR) On March 25th, 2022 the Columbus Women’s Commission announced the next phase of the signature equity campaign “The Columbus Commitment: 100 Adopters. 100 Days. 100% Committed.” This voluntary, employer-led initiative calls on local businesses to commit to learning and implementing practices that improve gender- and race-based inequities in the workplace, with a particular focus on pay disparities.

Learn more about how to become one of the 100 new adopters in the next 100 days!

First Lady and Chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission, Shannon Ginther, provides an overview of the Columbus Commitment and the benefits of joining. A panel of commissioners and local employers share best practices for building equitable and inclusive workplaces, and answer attendee questions.

Click here to watch the recording

September 29th, 2021 COVID-19’S ECONOMIC IMPACT ON WOMEN (WEBINAR) As we respond to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbus Women's Commission is committed to sharing best practices for building equitable and inclusive workplaces.
As part of this work, the Commission hosted a virtual conversation on the State of Women in the Workforce.
The panel was moderated by First Lady Shannon Ginther, Columbus Women’s Commission Chair, with panelists:
 - Police Chief Elaine Bryant, City of Columbus
 - Christie Angel, CWC Alumni, Columbus YWCA
 - Elyse Shaw, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
Click here to watch the recording

2020 Town Hall The Columbus Women’s Commission held a Town Hall in  February 2020. Over 200 community members joined us to learn about the work of the Commission. Mayor Ginther, First Lady Shannon Ginther, and Commissioners shared information about the progress of the Commission and plans for its future work. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions with Commissioners. Community members shared what they see as issues impacting women in Columbus, where the Commission should focus our work and future policy goals we should explore. Learn more about the progress of the Commission’s work in the 2019 year-end report HERE. *Missed the event? Watch it HERE or send your thoughts and questions to [email protected].

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2019 Women’s Resiliency Concert The Columbus Women’s Commission is dedicated to addressing human trafficking, a growing issue for Columbus and Ohio at large due to the state’s central location and major highways. In 2019, the Columbus Women’s Commission joined with 20 partners to host a concert featuring Janiva Magness, Grammy-nominated, internationally known recording artist, telling her own story of survival, strength and resilience. Janiva  inspired the attendees as she and her band entertained and touched souls with life-giving vocals and liberating lyrics.  This concert was for Columbus- area women honoring their strength and resiliency as survivors of human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence.

2019 Women in the Trades The Columbus Women’s Commission co-hosted a Women in the Trades learning session in March. This event educated and encouraged participation by women & minorities to pursue careers in the trades. Attendance was  standing-room only --  over 150 people. The program included a dynamic panel of four women currently in the trades, sharing their experiences, challenges and stories while encouraging women to pursue these careers. Following the panel, attendees visited over 15 resource tables, representing skilled construction trades and organizations such as COTA and Action for Children to connect women with resources that alleviate the barriers of pursuing a career (ex: Child care, transportation, etc.). *To watch the program & panel discussion, click HERE.

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2018 Town Hall

On March 27, 2018 the Columbus Women’s Commission held its first Town Hall – a free, public event open to all in the community. Commissioners shared updates on the work over the past year, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther spoke and participated, and all attendees received a copy of the very first Columbus Women’s Commission Annual Report 2017. Best of all, we heard from the people of Columbus! Commissioners led roundtable discussions so that attendees had an opportunity to speak with fellow Columbus residents and ask questions directly to the Commission. The energy in the room was undeniable, and there was great input on connecting the work to residents. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated, making this event a success!

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