In 2013, the National Partnership for Women and Families released a report that found Seattle had the worst wage gap among the country’s 50 largest metropolitan areas. , Both Women’s Funding Alliance and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce answered this call to action.
Women’s Funding Alliance President & CEO Liz Vivian began advising on a city taskforce to address the issue, and Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Maud Daudon began working with U.S. Senator Patty Murray to convene business leaders in a similar effort. Still, we felt that more could be done to engage employers in reducing the region’s wage gap. Intrigued by similar efforts in Boston, our leaders put their heads together to create a voluntary, employer-led program to emphasize best practices and collective learning and action.
The partnership between the Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance made perfect sense:
- The Chamber has built a reputation as a convener and leader in the business community, a resource for women in business and leadership, and has over 2,200 members throughout the Seattle metro area.
- Women’s Funding Alliance is a leading advocate for women in our region with a network of more than 5,000 donor activists committed to improving gender equity, and has done groundbreaking research on the gender wage gap in King County and Washington State.
So together, they launched the 100% Talent Seattle initiative.
Today, we’re proud to count more than 60 employers representing a local workforce of more than 142,000 people in King County, collaborating on best practices, and driving change within our economy.