Boston Takes Aim at Pay Equity

By Tiffany Brown

A newly revitalized women’s business commission in Boston and the Office of Advancement are on a mission to increase pay equity and ensure businesswomen have equal opportunities as entrepreneurs. Women make up 52 percent of Boston’s population. There are 18,000 women-owned businesses.,Women make about 83 cents on the dollar compared to men, according to federal government statistics. The Office of Advancement, which launched a data project this summer to find out what companies in Boston are doing to advance women, is currently working with 1,200 women-owned businesses.

“There is a social and economic need to ensure equal opportunities for women.” said Megan Costello, the official in charge of the city’s efforts. Her mission for Boston, she said, is “making sure there are opportunities to make sure women can be successful.” (Bay State Banner)

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