Gender equality starts at the top. Seattle is one of the leading cities for women in legislation, with over 40% of state legislative positions being held by women. Glass ceilings are being shattered left and right in Seattle, which ranks as the number one best city for female entrepreneurs. And if you don’t think women rule here, just chat with any of the 100,000+ female business owners in the Seattle area who most certainly do. Learn more about Seattle’s community of strong women here.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood, adjacent to downtown, is the city’s LGBTQ+ epicenter. It’s packed with gay-friendly and gay-owned establishments, even sporting rainbow-painted crosswalks. The city’s last two mayors count themselves among the LGBTQ+ community, and each summer the city hosts two annual Pride festivals. Visit Seattle’s #weSEAlove campaign (wesealove.com) also strives to promote inclusion and acceptance of all people 365 days a year.
Nearly one in five Seattle residents is foreign-born, and 129 languages are spoken in our public schools. The city’s diversity is displayed in tangible ways, too, from our outstanding cultural institutions like the Wing Luke Museum, Northwest African American Museum, and National Nordic Museum to our diverse neighborhoods like the Chinatown–International District and Columbia City. For more about Seattle’s rich diversity, download a Cultural Heritage Guide.
In response to the 2017 federal travel ban, the city made its own decree: all are welcome here. Seattle is a sanctuary city, even issuing a Welcoming Cities Resolution that states that immigrants and refugees “foster our economic growth and cultural vibrancy.”
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