One year after Philadelphia voters approved the creation of Commission on Women, an executive director and 27 members have been named.
Jovida Hill, formerly a member of the mayor's office of diversity and inclusion, will be executive director of the commission, which is intended to advance public policies that enhance the lives of women.
"We want to look at the issues that affect women in public spaces and in the workplace and what policies lead to a more just and equitable society for women and their families," Hill said in a statement. "It is absolutely appalling that in this day and age, women still make 77 cents to every dollar that a man makes."
The mayor's office said Hill on July 1 will transition to the mayor's office of public engagement, under which the commission is housed. Hill, who makes a $70,000 salary, will primarily spend her time on work related to the commission but also at times might with other offices such as the office of black male engagement and the diversity office, the mayor's office said.
The other 27 members, who were appointed by the mayor and City Council and will meet six times per year, are all volunteers. They are: