Last year, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent, according to one report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In Massachusetts, it was slightly better, with women earning $0.83 for every $1.00 men earned. But that’s still not good enough.
In an effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate this wage gap, the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, an initiative established by Mayor Marty Walsh, recently created the 100% Talent Compact. JLL is pleased to be among the first companies to sign this compact which is committed to three key goals: understanding the root causes of the wage gap, closing the gap, and evaluating success. In order to make this possible, JLL and others have pledged to contribute data and participate in reviews to discuss successes and challenges.
To this end, the Boston chapter of our JLL Women’s Business Network was thrilled to welcome the first female Lt. Governor of Massachusetts and current president of The WAGE Project, Evelyn Murphy, to our JLL Boston office earlier this week. Evelyn spoke to a room of nearly 50 female JLL employees who are impacted by this wage gap every day. Evelyn’s primary advice was to be simultaneously objective, persuasive, and strategic in order to be successful in salary negotiations to help close this gap.
Evelyn’s talk was both enlightening and inspiring for the women in our workplace and we are proud to work for a company like JLL that is committed to changing this trend.
If you haven’t already, I encourage your company to join JLL and sign the 100% Talent Compact.