Get a roadmap to better understand what your city may be doing in regards to workplace equity AND that your business may be taking action to remove intersectional discrimination through its culture.

Sometimes changes takes decades. In the last 100 years, women stepped up and pushed for their right to vote yet today women still make less than men for the same job. Just because some milestones have been met doesn’t mean the work is done. The more we talk about equality for all, the more we can understand what discrimination looks like today and what we can do to reduce and eliminate it all together. Jessica Dewell hosts panelists Sharon Simmons and Veronica Hrutkay to discuss workplace equality.

Program 74 - Workplace EqualityStarting the Conversation:

  • What is Cities for Cedaw and how does the US compare to other countries in the world?
  • Why does the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women help business?

Host: Jessica Dewell

Guests: Sharon Simmons, Veronica Hrutkay

NOTE: There is an error in the conveyance of information. When we talk about domestic violence and homicides, it is actually a single data point: domestic violence homicides.

What You Will Hear:

When women experience equality in the workplace, everyone (race, gender, and culture) are raised up.

Local legislation to establish the international treaty principles locally as only 6 (including the US) that have said it’s a good idea yet has not ratified the CDEAW treaty.

San Francisco as a case study including positive outcomes and results of their 7 gender equity principles.

Three principles of the CEDAW treaty.

Intersectionality and the cultural and socioeconomic factors are combined with gender.

Colorado report card from Institute of Women’s Policy Research

Lafayette is the first city to complete the process and embrace CEDAW in Colorado.

Three criteria to create a city ordinance.

Boulder, CO has completed their study – and some stats that were found.

What to look for to find out what our cities are doing to further the CEDAW initiatives.

How Cities for CEDAW benefits business owners by supporting and adding family friendly processes.

Shifts only happen when women make up 50% of the voice on issues.

Things that are happening – we don’t realize – are happening in the US.

Notable and Quotable:

Veronica Hrutkay: When women are engaged, we create more stable communities.

Sharon Simmons: When a city chooses to do a gender study, they pick what they want to study and work on.

Veronica Hrutkay: Our benchmark is that women make 82% of what men do in Colorado. We have more work to do.

Veronica Hrutkay: Improving certain areas for women and girls, we are improving areas where they are more vulnerable.

Sharon Simmons: There are 260,000 women living in poverty in Boulder County. A woman with one toddler must make $67,837 / year to be self sufficient.

Veronica Hrutkay: Do we want to wait until 2057 for equal pay in Colorado?

Sharon Simmons: Cities for CEDAW is a grass-roots effort, one letter and phone call at a time.

Veronica Hrutkay: We must remember to celebrate the things are are doing well.

Veronica Hrutkay: I feared losing my profession and there was never any time for me to step away and have a family.

Jessica Dewell: There are many things businesses already do to remove discrimination. We must take the time to think about and articulate how we are already supporting equality in the way we run our business.

Veronica Hrutkay: CEDAW gives us a standardized way to communicate with each other and bring up that benchmark.

Sharon Simmons: It’s always cool to see cities, like Boulder, do the right thing without laws in place. For example, Boulder increased minimum wage to $15.75.

Jessica Dewell: We do what we’ve got to do [as women] to make life work.

Jessica Dewell: Once we know, we either choose to do something (or not).

Sharon Simmons: Inequality is still here, even though we’ve been talking about [equal pay] for many years.

Veronica Hrutkay: Those of us that are older, we carry more of our history and see where [discrimination] still exists, and we want to pass it on.


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