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.

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 50 local employers Final Development and Adoption of the Hamilton County Pay Equity Commitment and invited them to a public signing day on April 20, and 44 employers have signed the commitment. 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 the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners as well as the next Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls and its paid staff.

Interested in learning more about Pay Equity?

  Click here to download 2022 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
Center for Closing the Health GAP
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
City of Cincinnati
District 78
Dress for Success Cincinnati
Driehaus Insurance Group
FC Cincinnati
First Step Home
Freestore Foodbank
Greater Cincinnati Foundation/Women’s Fund
Hair Kitchen
Hamilton County, OH
Hamilton County Parks
Health Care Access Now
Interact For Health
La Soupe Inc.
Lydia's House
MadTree Brewing Co.
Michelman, Inc.
Neyer Management
Price Hill Will
Talbert House
The Crossroads Center
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, African American Chamber of Commerce
The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
Together Digital
Turner Construction
UMADAOP of Cincinnati
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Women Helping Women
YWCA Greater Cincinnati


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