The year of revolution, 1969, was also the year Doris and Don Fisher revolutionized shopping — as equal partners with an equal stake in one of the first specialty retail stores.
As the world recognizes Women's History Month, the company that grew to become Gap Inc. reinforces its commitment to a culture of equality, woven into the fabric of its DNA.
For the company, opening doors of opportunity isn't just the right thing to do, it's a competitive advantage.
Today, women make up 74 percent of the company's global employee base and the majority of its customers around the globe. Women serve as a majority of the company's global store managers (73 percent) and compose a majority of the HQ leadership; nine out of 14 senior officers are women.
A leader among its retail peers on closing the gender gap, Gap Inc. pays women and men equally for equal work. There is also the currency of time — time to pursue education and paid work, to which women are differentially denied access worldwide. Access to clean water, the building block of life, is another avenue of opportunity; when women spend hours each day collecting the family supply of water, they cannot spend the necessary time on the skills they need to succeed instead of simply survive.
For more than eight years, Gap Inc. has worked to better the lives of the women who make clothes, having pledged last year to educate one million women across the world through the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program.