Commission for Women begins work as permanent part of Philadelphia government

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Jovida Hill is the executive director of the Mayor's Commission for Women. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Jovida Hill is the executive director of the Mayor's Commission for Women. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

The Mayor’s Commission for Women has started work on its mission of reviewing Philadelphia public policy and its impact on women. 

The commission is designed to further issues such as pay equity and equal representation in the government and private sectors.  Jovida Hill, commission executive director, praised the Kenney administration for its proactive hiring of females.

“I’m proud to say that this mayor has appointed 55 percent of the top appointments in this administration have been women,” Hill said. 

Mayor Jim Kenney says he’s happy the commission will be a permanent part of city government.  

“Because if you want the job done right, you better get a woman to do it,” he said. “Because if you depend on men, all they care about is their title and where their office is.”

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced the bill that led to the charter change making the commission permanent.

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