Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment

The Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment is a voluntary, employer-led initiative to help close the gender wage gap in Hamilton County.

Who it Impacts

The Pay Equity Commitment will have a direct, positive impact on Hamilton County employers who choose to sign the commitment, their employees - particularly girls of working age, women, and those who are transgender, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming - and the community at large.

Why the Initiative

This initiative is a continuation of the work conducted by the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Pay Equity Committees of the Commission on Women & Girls. A key recommendation of the 2020 Pay Equity Committee was that the Commission on Women & Girls should develop and launch a 'Pay Equity Pledge' to help local employers take proactive measures to address the systemic issue of pay inequity and close gender and racial pay gaps. In 2020 and 2021, the Pay Equity Committee developed what is now known as the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment. The 2021 Pay Equity Committee further refined the commitment and began circulating it to key employers in Hamilton County.

This year’s 2022 Pay Equity Committee has recommended to the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners establish an annual Pay Equity Signing Day during Women's History Month (March) and begin hosting events such as "lunch & learns" to educate local employers about pay equity.

To view a list of all of the Committee's most recent recommendations, please visit our 2023 Final Report here.

What Happens When We Close the Pay Gap

Closing the pay gap doesn't just benefit women - it also benefits the entire economy. If women were paid fairly, the poverty rate could be cut in half, and an estimated $512.6 billion could be injected into the U.S. economy, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Adoption of the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment

In 2021, when the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment was developed using the Columbus Commitment as a model - providing employers with specific next steps to help close gender- and race-based pay gaps. This was also a recurring theme in our survey of local working women. To that end, the Pay Equity Commitment outlines more than a dozen recommended actions, ranging from conducting regular pay audits to tracking promotion rates by gender and race.

To date, we have distributed the commitment to over 80 local employers. Each year, there is a continued interest from the community, and we look forward to receiving commitments from many more. The continuing success of the Pay Equity Commitment - and progress toward closing the pay gap - depends on the support of our local employers and community at-large.

Interested in learning more about Pay Equity?

  Click here to download 2023 Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls Report & Recommendations

Ready to Sign the Commitment?

  Click here to download the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment

Have Questions? Contact:

Mary Maune
Program Coordinator
Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls
  [email protected]

Those who have signed

Thanks to all the companies/organizations below who have signed the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment to date:

4C for Children
Best Point Behavioral Education & Health
Bethany House
Center for Addiction Treatment
Center for Closing the Health GAP
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cincinnati NAACP
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Cincinnati Works
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
City of Cincinnati
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio
District 78
Dress for Success Cincinnati
Driehaus Insurance Group
Edith Institute
Emerge Manufacturing
Esoteric Brewing Company
FC Cincinnati
Fechheimer Brothers Company
FHLB Cincinnati
First Step Home
Freestore Foodbank
Good Government Group
Greater Cincinnati Foundation/Women's Fund
Hair Kitchen
Hamilton County Parks
Hamilton County Public Health
Hamilton County Sherrif's Office
Hamilton County Treasurer
Hamilton County, OH
Hamilton County Parks
Health Care Access Now
Ignite Philanthropy
Interact For Health
Kaiker Development + Construction
La Soupe Inc.
Last Mile Food Rescue
Lighthouse Youth Services
Lydia's House
Madison's at Findley Market
MadTree Brewing Co.
Making A Difference Staffing
Megen Construction
Michelman, Inc.
Neyer Management
Price Hill Will
Reserve Squad
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
Taft Law
Talbert House
Tender Mercies
The Crossroads Center
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, African American Chamber of Commerce
The Health Collaborative
The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
Together Digital
Triversity Construction
Turner Construction
Ulmer & Berne Cincinnati
UMADAOP of Cincinnati
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Urban Fast Forward
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Women Helping Women
YWCA Greater Cincinnati


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