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.
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. Together, they launched the 100% Talent Seattle initiative.
Today, we’re proud to count more than 80 employers representing a local workforce of more than 200,000 people in Washington State, collaborating on best practices, and driving change within our economy. Because of this success, we’ve announced that 100% Talent will be launched statewide by Women’s Funding Alliance. The Seattle Metro Chamber remains a Founding Signatory of 100% Talent.
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. We’re excited to see the same employer-led progress that has been achieved through 100% Talent in King County happen throughout Washington State.