Boston companies promise to close the wage gap for women

woman work job
Women in Boston still make only 83 percent of their male peers.

In 2011, working women in Boston earned 83 percent of the earnings of their male peers, according to the city’s new report on gender-based wage inequality.

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday released “BOSTON: Closing the Wage Gap,” which not only examines the wage gap for women in the city, but also offers companies advice on how to understand and address it.

The report shows, among other things, that a woman working full-time in Boston earns an estimated $380,000 less than a man over the course of a 40-year career, making it more difficult for women to pay off college loans, save for retirement and support their families.

“Our city is home to the best educated female population in the country. Women are the driving force behind our economy and thriving neighborhoods, but continue to be underpaid in comparison to working men in Boston. That just doesn’t add up – for the success of our city or the success of our city’s women,” Menino said.

“We’ve worked with our business community on a set of solutions that will help close the wage gap while at the same time attracting and retaining top talent in Boston.”

More than 35 companies joined Menino Thursday morning to sign 100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact, which outlines a set of common beliefs and goals employers will embrace to address the gap.

“Making sure women receive equal pay for equal work will help grow the economy and strengthen our families,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said. “I applaud Mayor Menino and the Women’s Workforce Council for bringing together employers across the city to sign the Boston Women’s Compact. This is an important step toward closing the wage gap so that equal pay becomes a reality and working women earn what they’re worth.”

Read the full report at cityofboston.gov/women/talent/.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Comments

1

  1. “In 2011, working women in Boston earned 83 percent of the earnings of their male peers.”

    Everyone is aware that this figure is comparing wages across professions, right?