Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes

2020 is the year to close the pay gap in Mississippi

On June 11, 2019, Mississippi gained a new distinction that sets us apart from the rest of the country. On that day, Alabama became the 49th state to adopt equal pay legislation when its governor signed into law an equal pay act that prohibits an employer from paying an employee less than another employee of …

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MS-BWR and March of Dimes urge passage of bill

The MS Black Women’s Roundtable and March of Dimes are urging lawmakers to pass legislation that addresses the lack of pregnancy accommodations laws in Mississippi. In Mississippi, 54% of the women who gave birth in 2017 were in the workforce.“Mississippi lawmakers have an opportunity this legislative session to ensure healthy pregnancies and job security by …

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Response to allegations of TANF funds embezzlement

MS-BWR’s Cassandra Welchlin releases statement in response to allegations of TANF funds embezzlement Statement from MS-BWR Cassandra Welchlin, lead organizer/co-convener, on allegations involving the former director of DHS and five others being arrested for embezzlement of TANF funds.  For the past several years, Mississippi has been ground zero for a growing crisis as thousands of …

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MS-BWR supports GOTV efforts

 The Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable (MS-BWR) is encouraging everyone to support the Mississippi Civic Engagement Roundtable’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) push leading up to the Election Day in Mississippi on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The nonprofit coalition is hosting a statewide election protection program to assist voters with this year’s process. The Mississippi Election Protection call …

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Report details gender disparities in Mississippi

(Jackson, MS) – The MS Black Women’s Roundtable (MS-BWR) and the National Women’s Law Center released a joint report today detailing how Mississippi’s women and girls – especially Black women and girls – struggle to earn fair wages, lack access to adequate healthcare, and struggle to obtain affordable and high-quality child care. Despite women serving as the …

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