The Economic Imperative of Our Time

We know in business, it’s our teams, our employees, our people that make us successful.

The Bay Area Council recognizes that a strong, innovative, and competitive community is only possible when we tap into the full talent of the workforce. That is why we have recognized gender equity as a policy priority, and we are working to develop solutions, mobilize the business community, and work with our civic and political leaders to advance women’s leadership, eliminate barriers to women’s employment, and close the gender wage gap.

Women are half the workforce and half the population. We must work not only to create opportunities for women to succeed, but to ensure that they are fairly rewarded for their hard work and success.

Mission Statement

The Bay Area Council’s Gender Equity Committee advocates for policies that promote women in the workforce and enhance workplace cultures of equality.

Committee Work Plan

Public Policy

The Bay Area Council advocates for important public policies related to gender equity at the local, state, and federal level, and provides a forum for the business community to engage on relevant legislation and best practices that support the growth of female leadership in the workforce. In 2016, the Council’s Gender Equity Committee helped drive the passage of San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener’s paid parental leave legislation, which made San Francisco the first city in the nation to guarantee fully paid leave for the purposes of bonding with a new child.

Bay Area Council Economic Institute Study

The Gender Equity Committee has engaged the Bay Area Council Economic Institute to develop a best practices guide that will help Bay Area companies to promote gender equity within their organizations. Our guide will be a practical complement to the voluminous research that emphasizes the social and economic imperative of gender equity.  It will build on and deepen the Bay Area focus on projects that have a broader geographic and policy lens, as research demonstrates that making progress on gender equity could add $12 trillion to the world economy.


The Bay Area Council partners with organizations to engage the business community on important gender equity practices.

Committee Co-Chairs

Peg McAllister, Lee Hecht Harrison

Stuart Newton, Deloitte

Christopher Ruhl, PwC