May 5, 2013 at 6:32 AM
Seattle Police Department a hot topic at mayoral debate
Councilmember Harrell sees gender pay gap as a top priority
I was surprised by the mayoral candidates’ responses at the recent debates regarding Seattle’s gender wage gap [“Mayoral candidates debate troubles with Police Department,” page one, April 30]. The only candidate to give a good answer was City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.
While other candidates demonstrated a lack of knowledge about the severity of Seattle’s wage gap or empathy for those fighting for pay equality, Harrell was aware of the issue and had taken action.
Seattle has the largest wage disparity of 50 metropolitan areas, with a difference of more than $16,000 between men and women. Harrell is the leader on addressing this issue. He has reached out to the Seattle Women’s Commission for help in creating policy recommendations. He has set clear goals, recognizing the importance of institutional practices and cultural awareness in eliminating the wage gap.
We want Seattle to be a fair and equal city. Harrell is the candidate who will find and institute changes that need to be made. As a Seattle community volunteer, I prefer Harrell as Seattle’s next mayor in the fight for gender pay equality and social justice in this region.
Trisha May, founder, Athena Partners, Medina
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