A note from Laurie:
As you know we are strongly committed to the goal of achieving pay equity and have been working on that commitment in a variety of ways for many years. We’ve published several reports in the past as part of our Salary and Benefits Survey. However, this year we are bringing a new level of data and resources to understanding the issue, and we’ve been able to take advantage of information that’s only available in Alaska. This work could not be more important right now as COVID is taking an additional toll on women in the workplace. I am sure many of you understand this first hand and I ask that we all be mindful of its impacts across Alaska and across our sector.
In Alaska we can be led not just by our experience but by hard data. As I explain in this newsletter article, we in Alaska have what no one else has when it comes to data on gender – the Permanent Fund Dividend application. Alaska residents pick a gender when they fill out their form each year. Thanks to the amazing work of Karinne Weibold at the Department of Labor and with great assistance from the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, we were able to segment employment data from the Alaska Department of Labor by using EIN numbers to identify nonprofit employees, and then applying gender information from the PFD application. This gives us excellent information that we can use in our efforts to promote gender pay equity.
You can see at the bottom of our report that we’ve suggested eight proven actions that leaders can take now to promote an equitable pay environment in their organizations. We have also provided important conversation starters for nonprofits and provided a number of other key resources to understand the issue even more depth. Our goal is always to turn data to action. Join us in using these tools and sharing these resources.
If it is not already on your calendar, I hope you will join us for a conversation on August 25 from 10:30 – 12:00 to learn more about the data and next steps. I also hope you will use and share this report and next steps document widely with your network.