Cincinnati is home to the first US-based certification model for gender equity in the workplace. 


Queen City Certified recognizes, promotes, and supports organizations that are committed to fostering an environment where people of all genders can thrive regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. Our research-based approach is founded on the understanding that diversity, inclusion, and transparency are good for business.

Businesses and non-profits can earn points across six categories:

  • Equal pay for equal or comparable work

  • Work-life support

  • Recruitment and interviewing practices

  • Leadership and decision-making

  • Professional development

  • Organizational culture

Based on the points achieved, organizations earn one of three rating levels: Certified, Silver, or Gold.