In 2015, women in King County who worked full time year-round earned just 78.6 cents for every dollar earned by men. If we continue with business as usual, women in our region won’t earn the same as men until 2070.*
King County leads the way in opportunity and innovation. Even as we are held up as an economic model for the rest of the country, we face a serious challenge within our labor force – one that conflicts with our deeply held local values of inclusion and fairness. Seattle’s gender wage gap is one of the largest in the country and has direct consequences for the King County labor market, our regional economy, and our quality of life.
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Funding Alliance have joined forces in response to this local challenge by launching a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative.
Our proactive, solutions-oriented initiative, 100% TALENT, is designed to ensure that 100% of our local talent pool is recognized and put to work in King County. Working together, we can create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all. Recognizing the value of women in the workplace is good for business.
* Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)