Who We Are
The Boston Women's Workforce Council (BWWC) is a public-private partnership between Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston business community.
The BWWC’s mission is to close the gender wage gaps in Boston and make it the best place in the country for working women by removing the visible and invisible barriers to women’s advancement.
2013: Year of the Woman
In his State of the City address, the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared 2013 the “Year of the Woman.” In an effort to find a better way to advance women in the workplace, the Mayor brought together a group of prominent leaders and tasked them with this mission. The group, now known as the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, concluded that closing the wage gap would not only have the most widespread impact on women in Boston, but also help to decrease the city’s poverty rate, bolster the local economy, and position Boston as a national leader in the workforce. Meet the Council.
100% Talent Compact
Leveraging these drivers, the Council created the 100% Talent Compact to engage Boston’s local businesses in the campaign to reduce the gender-based wage gap. To this day, over 250 Boston-area employers have pledged to closing the gender wage gap in our city.
Working both one-on-one and in coalition with Compact signers and other like-minded organizations, the Council aims to raise consciousness about the disparity between women’s and men’s wages and encourage measurable actions toward women’s full and equal participation in the workforce. View a full list of Compact signers here.
2014: Office of Women’s Advancement
When Mayor Martin J. Walsh took office in January 2014, he brought with him a vision for advancing women in the City of Boston. Recognizing that women make up more than 50% of the city’s residents and labor force and are some of the City’s most valuable assets, Mayor Walsh created a new department, the Office of Women’s Advancement, to expand the impact and effectiveness of the Council and to oversee the full spectrum of issues pertaining to women. Their work focuses on three priority areas: economic equity, safety, and empowerment. Visit their website to learn more.
Today: Beyond the Compact and In the Community
The Council serves as a resource and thought leader on the gender-based wage gap, in addition to other challenges facing women in today’s workforce. Working both one-on-one and in coalition with our signers and other like-minded organizations, the Council aims to raise consciousness about the disparity between women’s and men’s wages and encourage measurable actions toward women’s full and equal participation in the workforce. View our Community Resources.