Jessica was a Summer Policy Fellow with the Boston Women's Workforce Council, a public-private partnership dedicated to closing the gender wage gap. She conducted data analysis, wrote reports, and engaged with the community in the effort to equalize pay between men and women in Boston, and ultimately, across the nation.
The Boston Working Women’s Council is a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Simmons College School of Management, and over 60 Boston-area companies dedicated to closing the gender wage gap. As a Summer Fellow, Jessica conducted data analysis, wrote reports, and engaged with the community, in the effort to equalize pay between men and women in Boston, and ultimately, across the nation. At this moment in Boston, women are paid just 83 cents for every dollar that men earn. She's excited to have worked for an organization that is using 33 different strategic interventions with businesses and universities in Boston to change this. Her key duties as a summer fellow included: data analysis, report writing, recruitment of companies, and community engagement. BWWC planned to receive and analyze wage data from the 100 signers of the 100% Talent Compact, a pledge to indicate a company’s commitment to closing the gender wage gap in the workforce. In partnership with the Hariri Institute at Boston University, Jessica analyzed this data to create a snapshot of the gender wage gap in Boston. She also helped write a baseline report of Boston’s wage gap based on company-level data, the first of its kind. Furthermore, she helped recruit companies from underrepresented industries and communities throughout the year to participate in the program. Finally, she worked on community engagement, helping the BWWC disseminate and share best practices to close the gender pay gap with the greater Boston community.