By Mary Ellen Eagan
Today the White House announced new signatories to the White House Equal Pay Pledge. HMMH is proud to be among the first 100 national signatories to the pledge.
“Inequality in the workforce doesn’t just adversely affect women; it affects our families and our broader economy. As President Obama says, ‘When women succeed, America succeeds.’ That’s why today’s announcement is a great step in the right direction and the Obama Administration applauds companies making this commitment to advance equal pay. However, the work doesn’t stop there. We must continue to ask what more we can all do to ensure that the 21st century workplace reflects the priorities and values of the 21st century worker.”
– White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett
- Play a critical role in closing the national pay gap
- Conduct an annual company-wide gender pay analysis
- Review hiring and promotion processes to reduce unconscious bias and barriers
- Include equal pay efforts into other equity initiatives
- Identify and promote best practices to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers
HMMH is also a signatory to the 100% Talent Compact, an initiative of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, which served as a model for the national pledge. The most recent BWWC Report on pay gap showed that the gap for women in transportation is 75% in the Boston Area (i.e., on average, women make 75% of the salary of men).
And this doesn’t even begin to touch the work we must do to get more women in our industry at all (a subject for another day). And our firm. We’ve got a long way to go, baby.