The MS Black Women's Roundtable is educating, organizing and  galvanizing Black woman in the Magnolia State from the grasstops to the grassroots. We're educating them on key issues involving the need for economic justice, strategizing statewide and mobilizing to make a difference socially, economically and politically for all women - whether they are in the boardrooms or living paycheck to paycheck just trying to put food on the tables.


Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes

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Affordable & Quality Healthcare

"The Institute for Women's Policy and Research gave Mississippi an "F" in women's health and wellbeing. Mississippi women need affordable health care that is easy to access. Women also need accurate information and comprehensive reproductive health services."

Education & Training

"When women get education and training beyond high school, they expand their earnings and their opportunity for economic security. On average, a two-year degree means a 38 percent increase in pay and a four-year degree, 74 percent. We need public policies and educational institutions that help eliminate the barriers of lack of childcare and financial aid."

Legal Reform

"Women experience domestic violence and sexual assault, and deserve and are owed child support to help with their families' economic security. We want to see the women receive fair and swift protections and justice. We need a legal system that is easy to navigate, fair and firm and thorough in enforcement."

Equal Pay

"Working moms - especially single moms - need to make enough money to support their families. Women work but earn wages that are too low. Women's earnings are lower than men's at every education level and in every occupation. While women make us half of Mississippi's workforce, they represent 80% of minimum wage workers."

Child Care

"Working mothers need affordable child care so they can go to work and remain employed. But child care is more expensive than community college tuition and women in Mississippi earn low wages leaving far too many locked in a cycle of poverty."

Civic Engagement

"Black women are a powerful political force in the United States. In 2008 and 2012, they turned out to vote at higher rates than any other demographic group, resulting in the election of new candidates across this country. Civic engagement - as voters and candidates - by black women is vital in order to not only impact change in our communities but also promote concrete policy changes that are responsive to our needs."

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