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.

This year’s 2022 Pay Equity Committee has recommended to the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners establish an annual Pay Equity Signing Day during Women's History Month (March) and begin hosting events such as "lunch & learns" to educate local employers about pay equity.

To view a list of all of the Committee's most recent recommendations, please visit our 2023 Final Report here.

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 80 local employers. Each year, 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 our local employers and community at-large.

Interested in learning more about Pay Equity?

  Click here to download 2023 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
All-In Cincinnati
Alloy Economic Development
Beech Acres Parenting Center
Best Point Behavioral Education & Health
Bethany House
The Blue Line Foundation
Center for Addiction Treatment
Center for Closing the Health GAP
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cincinnati Ballet
Cincinnati Compass
The Cincinnati Herald
Cincinnati NAACP
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Cincinnati Works
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
City of Cheviot
City of Cincinnati
The City of Madeira
City of Montgomery
The City of Norwood
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Community Action Agency Cincinnati | Hamilton County
Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio
The Crossroads Center
District 78
Dress for Success Cincinnati
Driehaus Insurance Group
DSD Advisors
Edith Institute
Emerge Manufacturing
Esoteric Brewing Company
FC Cincinnati
Fechheimer Brothers Company
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati
Findlay Market
First Step Home
Found Village
Freestore Foodbank
Goff-Mitchell Consulting
Good Government Group
Government Strategies Group LLC
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, African American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cincinnati Foundation/Women's Fund
Hair Kitchen
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Office
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Hamilton County Parks
Hamilton County Public Health
Hamilton County Recorder's Office
Hamilton County Sherrif's Office
Hamilton County Treasurer
Hamilton County, OH
Hamilton County Parks
Health Care Access Now
The Health Collaborative
Hightower Petroleum Co.
Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County
IBEW Local 212
Ignite Philanthropy
Interact For Health
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
JS Strategies
Kaiker Development + Construction
La Soupe Inc.
Last Mile Food Rescue
Lighthouse Youth Services
The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
Lydia's House
Madison's at Findley Market
MadTree Brewing Co.
Making A Difference Staffing
Megen Construction
Michelman, Inc.
Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
Neyer Management
Oswald Companies
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and MES Local 392
The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
Price Hill Will
Reserve Squad
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati
Saint Ursula Academy
School Board School
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
Taft Law
Taft Museum of Art
Talbert House
Taylor Oswald
Tender Mercies
Together Digital
Triversity Construction
Turner Construction
Ulmer & Berne Cincinnati
UMADAOP of Cincinnati
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Urban Fast Forward
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
The Village of St. Bernard
Women Helping Women
YWCA Greater Cincinnati


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