Mayors committed to taking action now have a first-of-its-kind guide at their fingertips offering immediate access to specific recommendations, resources, models and best-practices nationwide. The Mayor’s Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality — Strengthening Communities by Advancing Women and Girls
was released on May 17 at an event in San Francisco’s City Hall with leaders of local and national women’s organizations and commissions.
Despite vast gains for women in recent decades, significant gender inequality persists across the country. By focusing on gender equality, local governments can ensure that women and girls are fairly treated, represented in their cities, and that their communities thrive. For example, the wage gap extends across professions and hurts the entire economy. From construction workers to doctors, women make only 78 percent of their male counterparts’ salary. For African-American and Latina women, the pay gap is even greater: the average African American woman earns only 64 cents and the average Latina only 55 cents compared to white men. It is estimated that improving gender parity will add millions to local economies and add $12 trillion to the global economy.
ITN also announced the launch of its national Network City Program as another support for local jurisdictions, with San Francisco as its first chapter. The Network City Program will support the implementation of recommendations in the Mayor's Guide
and the needs of particular cities through a constellation of network cities that employ cross-sector collaboration.
The guide emerged from a roundtable event sponsored by ITN, in partnership with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, on the eve of last year’s annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting. The roundtable engaged mayors, women leaders, and experts across a variety of sectors to highlight successful models and innovations in 11 issue areas affecting women and girls. These included economic security and wage gap equity, ending violence against women, STEM education, and many others.
ITN seeks to fuel this innovation where it matters most in women’s lives — at the local level — to drive equality forward with easy, practical access to these pockets of success.