The Phoenix Equal Pay Subcommittee is discussing the subsequent steps

The Phoenix Women’s Commission’s Equal Pay Subcommittee met on Thursday, a few months after its inception in January, to discuss possible measures for equality for women in the workforce.

Led by Vice Chairman Kyle Web, a brand manager for Bar-S Foods, the subcommittee spoke about everything from potential laws to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women forced to leave the workforce in droves .

The group also received advice from Jodi Liggett, founder and CEO of the Arizona Center for Women’s Advancement, who assisted the city of Tempe with similar equal pay efforts.

“The goal is to reflect what Tempe did, except for Phoenix,” said Mrs. Webb during the virtual meeting.

Tempe City Council previously voted to create an initiative to ensure gender pay equality. The initiative revolves around four pillars of equal pay: politics, company name for those who work for equal pay, commercial training and public relations, and training in salary negotiations.

The council had a relatively small budget of $ 10,000 or $ 11,000, mostly used for website design and training.

Ms. Liggett was on hand to offer advice on how to pass laws in a split city council. She recommended working in phases, starting with a “complaints-based system,” and possibly working with an institution like Arizona State University to move things forward and train young women in salary negotiations.

She also advised the subcommittee to ensure that discussions are held with each city council member to make the process “smoother and easier” when the time comes for a public vote.

The subcommittee noted that the discussion on equal pay for women is timely during the ongoing pandemic. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.2 million fewer women were employed in October 2020 than in October 2019, partly due to inequalities and closed schools being paid. From February Women were almost 3% below their November 2019 employment figure.

Lindsay Walker

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Lindsay comes from Phoenix and is happy to report back in her hometown.

After spending several years in advertising after college, she switched gears and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism in 2019.

When she’s not writing, she usually reads a book or plays with her family’s dogs.

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