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Media Advisory
News Date: March 25, 2022

Columbus Women’s Commission Launches Next Phase of Equity Campaign

The Columbus Women’s Commission today announced the next phase of its signature equity campaign titled “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. So far, 287 Columbus employers have signed the pledge to join. The campaign to recruit 100 new adopters begins March 25 and continues through July 3.

“In Franklin County, women comprise over 50% of the population, but one-in-four women are economically insecure and struggling to pay for food, housing, medical care and other essential living needs,” said First Lady Shannon Ginther, chair of the Columbus Women’s Commission. “Although the pandemic didn’t create these burdens, it highlighted and heightened so many of the barriers women face. We are committed to reversing these trends and further expanding equity throughout Columbus and across Central Ohio.”

Women in the United States earn, on average, 83 cents for every dollar that a man earns. This gap is even wider for women of color: Latina women earn 58 cents, and Black women earn 63 cents. The COVID-19 pandemic also disproportionally impacted women, with approximately 2 million leaving the workforce nationwide due to persisting pay disparities in almost every occupation and the lack of affordable and high-quality child care. 

“Dismantling barriers and reducing gender-based inequities is crucial to the economic vitality of women and our entire community,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, who formed the Columbus Women’s Commission as an advisory board in 2017. “By moving the needle on these important issues, we will ensure that even more of our residents share in our city’s success.”

The Columbus Women’s Commission will host a webinar today from 12-1 p.m. to kick off the new campaign. Guests must register to attend. For more information about The Columbus Commitment and the work of the Columbus Women’s Commission, visit