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Over 50% of the population in Franklin County are women, and in Central Ohio, one in four women are economically insecure. Those are just a few examples of why the Columbus Women’s Commission is focused on the issue of the gender pay gap and has launched The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity. Columbus is on the cusp of being a top-tier American city, attracting and retaining top-tier talent. With your commitment to help the region alleviate gender-based inequities, we guarantee Columbus will remain competitive in business and open to opportunities for everyone. Together, we can change the story for women, families and our entire community in Columbus.

We hope you’ll join us in signing The Columbus Commitment: Achieving Pay Equity.


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.

Sign the Columbus Commitment

Through this employer-led, voluntary pledge you will:
• Attract and retain the best talent;

• Learn from one another by expanding the use of best practice solutions; and
• Contribute to the economic vibrancy of Columbus, while improving our entire community.

Click here for the Columbus Commitment Packet.