Gov. Shumlin, VT Commission on Women Launch Equal Pay Initiative

- MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Commission on Women are launching the Vermont Equal Pay Compact.

A press release says the initiative, modeled after a similar initiative in Boston, aims to boost wages for Vermont women, improve economic security for women and their families, and make progress toward equal pay for men and women.

The compact is a voluntary agreement in which employers pledge to take steps to eliminate the wage gap in Vermont

“While I'm glad Vermont does better than elsewhere on the pay gap, we need to do more to make equal pay for men and women not just the law but the reality,” Gov. Shumlin said. “When women succeed, Vermont succeeds. I’m hopeful more Vermont employers will make progress on this issue, including by signing this Compact and adding their voices to this effort.”

Businesses who sign the compact are required to commit to at least concrete steps to help close the wage gap between men and women. Some examples include hiring, negotiations, promotions, and wage transparency. A full list of actions can be found at

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