Gender equality starts at the top. Our mayor is a woman (Jenny Durkan), and female city councilmembers outnumber their male counterparts two to one. Glass ceilings are being shattered left and right in Seattle, which ranks as the second-best city for female entrepreneurs. And if you don’t think women rule here, just chat with any of the 118,300 female business owners in the Seattle area who most certainly do.
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 Nordic Museum to our diverse neighborhoods like 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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