Lilian Min
August 28, 2016 7:49 am
White House /

While we all celebrated Women’s Equality Day on Friday in our own ways, President Obama’s administration gave us something more to celebrate about — the commitment of companies like Facebook, Apple, and General Motors to ending the gender gap in their workforces.

Back in June during the first United State of Women Summit, the White House announced the Equal Pay Pledge, in which businesses publicly promise to take action on equalizing pay across not just gender pay gaps, but also race pay gaps, by analyzing their gender pay practices and going over hiring practices to identify unconscious bias.

Among the first wave of business signees were Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, and PepsiCo. While there were a few tech companies in the mix besides Amazon, like Airbnb and Spotify, most of Silicon Valley’s largest names were conspicuously absent, until now.

Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Dropbox, IBM, Intel, MailChimp and LinkedIn all joined the pledge in the latest wave of high-profile signees. Other big corporations signing on include the Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Unilever, Target, and Nike.

In most of the company’s statements, they all claim to have taken steps to ensure that all women are at least paid the same as their male counterparts. But Apple’s statement also adds the note, “We’re now analyzing the salaries, bonuses, and annual stock grants of all our employees worldwide. If a gap exists, we’ll address it. And we’ll continue our work to make sure we maintain pay equity.”

While the announcement’s content is great to hear, we’re particularly enamored with the headline for the release: “It’s All About the Tubmans: An Important Step toward Equal Pay on Women’s Equality Day.” Right on.