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As Mayor, I attend meetings all across this City and when I do, I often find myself surrounded by men. It’s not enough to point that fact out. I want to do my part to change it.

That means taking action steps to ensure that city government works well for the women who work for it, I’m talking about city employees, and for the women who do business with the city.  City government should not impede anyone from maximizing their potential. It should work for everyone.  And everyone means EVERYONE.

The fact that women are under-represented in the business community, in government, and in leadership positions in general means that we need to take a close look at the way we operate.

To accomplish that, my office is partnering with the Central Exchange, the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and UMKC’s Women’s Center.  The goal of this partnership, fittingly called WE for Women’s Empowerment, is to develop a blueprint of strategies that makes our local government a conduit for success for the women in this community.

That means looking at how we operate and determining action steps to make Kansas City best by making women front and center.

Women make up 51% of the population and are receiving higher levels of education at a faster pace than their male counterparts. We can use that to our advantage and it is good business to do so.  Every organization, public or private, employs women and have female customers.

This is a model that other cities and businesses can use.

Here are some interesting articles that highlight why empowering women is so important:

Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

How women change the conversation on boards

Kansas City Star Article on WE

We want to hear from you! 

The Women’s Empowerment (WE) initiative is all about commonsense – every Kansas Citian should have the tools they need to succeed.  The WE partnership aims to turn that commonsense into action items.  Through this partnership, and with your feedback, we will make Kansas City an ideal place for women to live and to do business.

What are your suggestions for action steps city government can take to make our local government work better for the women who work for it and for the women throughout the community who work with it?



City Employees, please take a moment to provide your input here:  Employee Survey

Download a hard copy of the form:  WE Employee Survey


BUSINESS OWNERS, please take a moment to provide your input here: Business Owner Survey