Over 100 Boston-based businesses joined Mayor Marty Walsh Monday to sign a compact to anonymously share payroll data, in order to identify gender-based pay inequities.
Mayor Walsh is calling it a first of its kind, data-driven effort to identify and address the gender wage gap. "We know we're the number one city in America in income inequality, and we want to be number one in a lot of places, but we don't want to be number one in that space," he said. "Because, our city is going to become a city that is divided."
According to data gathered from the American Association of University Women, and the city of Boston, women in Massachusetts make on average 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Boston, it's 83 cents per dollar for white women, and worse for women of color.
Why is closing the pay gap so difficult? And what can women and employers do to help?
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