Gender Equity & Diversity

The Economic Imperative of Our Time

The Equal Pay Act to end wage discrimination passed over 50 years ago, and yet women in the United States still earn only 81 cents for every dollar men earn. Earnings for women of color are worse, with Black and Hispanic women earning 61 and 53 cents for every dollar White men earn, respectively.

In the Bay Area, the representation of women in executive leadership positions is scant, with women holding only 13.1% of board of director seats and 10.8% of the highest paid executive positions. To address this imbalance, companies throughout the Bay Area are implementing impactful gender equity and diversity policies to help attract and retain women and people of color in this competitive market.

The Gender Equity and Diversity Committee has been working to develop recommendations and best-practices to further mobilize the business community.  The Committee works with civic and political leaders to close the gender wage gap, advance women’s leadership, and eliminate barriers to employment for women and people of color.

2019 Activities

  • Partner with organizations to place qualified women and individuals of diverse backgrounds on boards and leadership teams
  • Convene Chief Diversity Officers across major companies to create a sustained network for sharing best practices
  • Advocate for workplace cultures of equality for women and other underrepresented groups by providing the employer perspective in state policy conversations around paid family leave as well as policies related to wage gap, childcare accessibility, early childhood education, and hiring barriers
  • Collaborate with organizations to inspire cultural and behavioral change at the executive level through annual work-plans and pledges

Our Latest Research

Read Workplace Connections Gender Equity, Family-Friendly Policies, and Early Childhood Care and Education>> 

Read Building Gender Equity in the Workplace A Best Practices Resource Guide>>


Committee Co-Chairs

Peg McAllister, Lee Hecht Harrison
Stuart Newton, Deloitte
Christopher Ruhl, PwC

Policy Leads

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Linda Bidrossian

Senior Vice President, Public Policy


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Henry Bartholomay

Senior Policy Associate

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