There are days it seems like the gender pay gap is pervasive across all industries, and the travel and hospitality industry is no exception.

On a day like International Equal Pay Day — coming up Sept. 18, as established by the UN General Assembly — it’s important to celebrate how far we’ve come, uplift those who helped us get to where we are, and recognize how much work there is still to be done.

A 2019 report by accounting firm PwC found that the median pay gap between men and women in the travel industry is 20.9 percent, while the gap in the hospitality industry is 1 percent.

While we need more than just a single day to highlight the pay inequities in our industry, it’s important to use the moment to take action and bring awareness to the issue. I encourage you to bring this up with at least one person on International Equal Pay Day.

Unfortunately, the inequity extends beyond just pay in our industry. Women make up 50 percent of the workforce in hospitality and travel, yet only hold 12 percent of leadership positions. Women Leading Travel & Hospitality wants to talk about the ways we can work toward achieving equality and bridging that gap.

Our joint webinar with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration’s Center for Hospitality Research, happening Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET, seeks to address this issue. You’ll hear from industry and academic leaders as they share stories of their own career challenges, victories, and personal leadership values, as well as organizational best practices for supporting women in the workforce and predictions for the future.

The speakers include:

  • Charisse Evans, vice president of employee relations at Delta Airlines, and a WLT&H advisory board member;
  • Miranda  Scott, director of business development at Lyft and a WLT&H advisory board member;
  • Michelle Woodley, president of Preferred Hotels & Resorts;
  • Kate Walsh, dean of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration; and
  • Hannah DeMaio, director of brand strategy, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality.

They’ll talk about the challenges faced by women seeking and holding leadership positions in the hospitality industry and ways to overcome them; how all leaders and organizations can better support women in the workplace; and predictions for the future of women in hospitality.

We hope you’ll join us for this important discussion. Registration for the event is free and can be found here.