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St. Louisans Weigh In On What Makes A Workplace Where Women Thrive

From left, Lisa Weingarth, Stacie Zellin and Kendra Holmes joined Wednesday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Women comprise nearly half of the United States’ civilian labor force, according to the Department of Labor’s latest statistics. Their annual median earnings — about $42,000 — fall about $10,000 short of the median paycheck men see each year. And along with the compensation gap, other workforce gender-equity disparities remain common for many industries and employers.

The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis aims to measure progress on that front with its Women in the Workplace Employment Scorecard. The voluntary rating system, which is now underway for this year, includes a voluntary employer survey exploring policies, practices and work culture.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Women’s Foundation Executive Director Lisa Weingarth about the organization’s findings on what makes a company work for women. The on-air conversation also included Affinia Healthcare's Kendra Holmes and NCADA's Stacie Zellin as well as the perspectives of fellow working women Catherine Brown and Emily Cantwell on what makes a job environment a great one — and what doesn’t.

In preparing for the segment, a St. Louis on the Air producer spoke with several women along Cherokee Street. Listen to what they had to say:

Safe Connections CEO Susan Kidder also weighed in on this topic. Take a listen:


St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan, Alexis Moore and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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