What we do
The Office of Engagement for Women (OEW) promotes economic, educational, and social opportunities for Philadelphia’s women, girls, and individuals who identify as female. We support public policy and advocacy initiatives relating to:
- Leadership development.
- Health and wellness.
- Civic engagement.
- Gender equality.
- Social justice.
As part of our work, we support the efforts of the Philadelphia Commission for Women. OEW is part of the larger Office of Public Engagement.
Learn about the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, a law that makes it illegal for employers, employment agencies, or their agents to ask an individual about their current or prior salary history during the application or hiring process. The ordinance is enforced by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR), and only applies when an employer is interviewing a prospective employee for a position located in Philadelphia.
Nothing from October 1, 2023 to January 1, 2024.
Jovida Hill was appointed by Mayor Kenney in June 2016. Prior to joining the administration, she was an award-winning writer and producer of more than 200 films and videos for the education, broadcast and training markets. Her work has included the civil rights documentary series In the Land of Jim Crow, which documents poignant first-person accounts of the African American struggle for justice and equality; the series Reinventing Democracy, hosted by noted historian Douglas Brinkley; and the series Celebrate, which introduces children to multi-cultural celebrations that herald our differences to amplify our similarities. A founding member of the African Sisterhood and Women Gather Conference, Hill currently serves on the boards of the Black Women’s Health Alliance and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.