NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Quite a famous face around Music City is now on the mayor’s newly-created Council on Gender Equity.
Jack White joins over three dozen other members Mayor Megan Barry has recruited to join the council, whose goal is to assess identified gender inequity issues and develop solutions to assist the Metro-Nashville government.
Mayor Barry said it will serve in an advisory capacity to both her and the Chief Diversity Officer, providing information, advice, research, program recommendation, and education on issues of interest.
“By creating the Council on Gender Equity, we can celebrate the diversity in our community while recognizing that we have strides to make in promoting fairness in our institutions,” said Mayor Barry. “Everyone deserves access to services and opportunities, regardless of gender.”
The Council on Gender Equity will consist of a diverse group of leaders spanning public and private industries, non-profit organizations, and academia.
The council will be co-chaired by Ronald Roberts, CEO of DVL Seigenthaler, and Pat Shea, CEO of YWCA of Middle Tennessee.
“Gender equity is not just a women’s issue, it should be a concern for all of us,” said Roberts. “Our economy is stronger and our society is stronger when everyone is treated fairly and equitably. We must all be committed, whether it is in the public or private sector, to ensuring that women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men.”
“A society can prosper with incredible success when gender is not an issue blocking progress, and is fair to all members of that society,” said singer Jack White. “Government, business, and the arts can all work toward the same goal of discouraging sexism, mistreatment, and unfair wages of people based on their gender including those who do not wish to label their own personal gender or sexual preference.”
Members of the Council include: Maura-Lee Albert, Garlinda Burton, Judge Sheila Calloway, Hal Cato, Dave Cooley, Richard Courtney, Judy Cummings, Councilmember Anthony Davis, Laura Delgado, Bonnie Dow, Corbett Doyle, Mark Emkes, Brenda Gadd, Elizabeth Gedmark, Tracey George, Joey Hatch, Kate Herman, Phyllis Hildreth, Susan Allen Huggins, Councilmember Mina Johnson, Rita Johnson-Mills, Wanda Lyle, Rita Mitchell, Mekesha Montgomery, Sara Beth Myers, Marian Ott, Rose Palermo, Shelia Peters, Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Lisa Quigley, Billye Sanders, Chris Sanders, Linda Schacht, Julie Stevens, Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, Jeff Teague, Katy Varney, Leigh Walton, Jack White, Cynthia Whitfield, and Agenia Clark.