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Gender Pay Gap Initiative




Eliminating the Gender Pay

Gap in the State of Alaska

by 2025

In May of 2014, YWCA Alaska’s Board of Directors passed an expansive resolution to eliminate the gender pay gap in the State of Alaska by 2025.

Women across the nation are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men- and in Alaska the numbers are even worse. At an income average of 67.8 cents to the dollar, putting us in 48th place in the nation for pay equity, our Alaskan women are in need of a change! 

Year One Report:

YWCA Alaska has just released a report highlighting our progress in the first year under our EconEquity initiative. To download the report and learn more,




YWCA Alaska’s Gender Pay Gap Initiative will work to transform Alaska’s workplaces to not only guarantee women are paid equally to men, but to also ensure women are provided more and better opportunities to participate in the workforce at all levels.

The Initiative uses a groundbreaking three-element approach:

  1. Focusing on the economic impact of the gap rather than the social injustice of unequal pay.
  2. Intentionally avoiding legislation or political routes as the main solutions to the problem.
  3. Implementing a 2-pronged approach focused on changing the economic, educational, and social dynamics that contribute to the gender pay gap.
    • Working directly with businesses and organizations to create gender balanced workplaces.
    • Furthering the education of women and girls on issues related to career choice and salary negotiation.

YWCA Alaska believes these are the necessary steps towards effectively changing the current rates.

What We Need from the Community


  • Sign on                sign the endorsement (CEO/Board Chair of company/organization)
  • Fund                    directly, or through introductions & funding suggestions
  • Volunteer             join the steering committee
  • Join                      become a member of YWCA Alaska
  • Educate               talk to others

To learn more about our Pay Gap Initiative, or to become an endorser, sponsor, or simply supporter,



Current Endorsers Include:

BP Exploration Alaska
Providence Health & Services Alaska
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
Alaska Governor Bill Walker & Lt. Governor Byron Mallott
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Alaska Miners Association
IBEW Local 1547 
U.S. Representative Don Young (R)
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R) and Dan Sullivan (R)
Alaska State Senate President Kevin Meyer (R)
National Education Association-Alaska
Gloria Steinem, International Activist
Wendy Davis, Former Texas U.S. Senator

To view a full list of endorsers, click here!