Salesforce Honors Trailblazers in Equality

April 4, 2017

Billie Jean King, Lilly Ledbetter, Patricia Arquette and Mary J. Blige honored at Inaugural Awards Event in Washington, DC

Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce; Billie Jean King, Sports Icon and Humanitarian; and Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay for Equal Work Activist

(Washington, DC, Tuesday, April 4, 2017) – Salesforce, the world’s #1 software company for connecting businesses with their customers, today announced the recipients of its first-ever Equality Awards—sports icon and humanitarian Billie Jean King, Academy award winner and activist Patricia Arquette, equal pay for equal work activist Lilly Ledbetter and Grammy award winner Mary J Blige.

The Salesforce Equality Awards honor trailblazers from across the globe who have dedicated their time, careers and lives to creating a more equitable world. In honor of Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year, Salesforce celebrated the pioneering women at the forefront of the battle for equal pay at a gala last night in Washington D.C.

Other details:

  • Salesforce was one of the first companies to conduct and share the results of its company-wide equal pay assessment.
  • Salesforce has spent nearly $3 million to eliminate statistically significant differences in pay between men and women.
  • As part of the company’s commitment to advancing equality for all, Salesforce pledged to evaluate its workforce on an ongoing basis to ensure that employees performing similar work at the same level are paid consistently—and to close any pay gaps where they exist.
  • Salesforce is taking action across four key areas: equal pay, equal opportunity, equal education and equal rights.

To read more about Salesforce’s commitment to equality, visit


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