With more than 55 percent of Hosts who identify as women, Airbnb is a platform that provides economic empowerment for millions of women. In just the past year, amidst a record-setting departure of women from the workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new women Hosts have collectively earned more than $1 billion through Airbnb – and we are committed to continuing to deploy our platform to facilitate economic equality for women Hosts.
And with nearly half of employees globally who are women, Airbnb has also long prioritized equality in the workplace and beyond. We have adopted paid leave policies designed to create a supportive environment for employees as they balance family and work. We have committed to equal pay for equal work, along with other initiatives designed to build a workplace where employees of all backgrounds and identities feel welcome. Airbnb is committed to advancing a workplace that promotes equality for women.
Yet, even with the economic and employment gains achieved by women over the past several decades, equality cannot be achieved without access to comprehensive reproductive care that empowers women to not only make their own health care choices, but also to fully thrive. Recognizing the importance of a woman’s right to make choices about their reproductive care, Airbnb’s health care provides women the coverage they need to be able to make such decisions.
In the context of Airbnb’s long standing commitment to equality for women, inclusive of a women’s right to choose – and in response to the recent Texas Senate Bill 8 – we have taken a number of actions to support our community.
First, we will offer financial support to any Airbnb Host who is implicated under Texas Senate Bill 8 and faces legal action and expenses as a result.
Second, we have made a contribution to reproductive health organizations, including Planned Parenthood.
And third, we will work to support those employees whose ability to make choices about their reproductive care may be impacted by the Texas law.
These commitments will extend to other US jurisdictions if similar such laws are enacted.