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The Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable Calls for Economic Justice on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

The Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable (MS BWR) reaffirms its mission to improve economic security for Black women in Mississippi through a nationwide advocacy day on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (July 9). 

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Contact: Tomika Anderson

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Website: https://msbwr.org/

Jackson, Mississippi — The Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable (MS BWR), a leading advocate for social justice, reaffirms its mission to improve economic security for Black women in Mississippi through a nationwide advocacy day on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (July 9). 

July 9 represents how long Black women must work from the start of 2024 to bridge the wage gap, and symbolizes the continued economic disparity faced by millions of Black women in Mississippi and beyond. MS BWR is calling all Black women advocates and allies on July 9 to raise awareness on social media, utilizing this toolkit, and take action to close the wage gap through voter participation, contacting legislators, and rallying community leaders to bring the wage gap issue to the polls.

“The wage gap is not something that can be outworked. It’s something that must be addressed at the polls,” said Cassandra Welchlin, Executive Director at the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable. “Mississippi’s Equal Pay Law, passed in 2022, contains loopholes that only widen the wage gap by codifying things like salary history, already lower for Black women, to determine pay. Using our voice and our vote, we need to let legislators know that a good equal pay law is essential to move Mississippi forward this next legislative session.”

Black women’s votes are tied to their paychecks, their households, and the wellbeing of their families. Bringing the wage gap to the polls shows policy leaders that we are no longer accepting a system that does not serve us.”

Black women in Mississippi lose over $21,000 a year due to the wage gap, according to research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. With 4 out of 5 of these women being the primary breadwinners of their household, the wage gap contributes not only to individual financial insecurity but also generational poverty. That’s because there is less money available to put toward household emergency funds, or even basic necessities like food, housing, and healthcare, leading to increased reliance on social services. By addressing the wage gap, Mississippi can unlock new possibilities for more active local economies and a competitive specialized workforce. 

Through projects like the Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Initiative (MWESI), MS BWR has built a legacy of mobilizing communities to cast their vote and take local issues to legislative tables. July 9 serves as another opportunity for Mississippians to make their voices heard and work collectively to end a system that only increases disparity in the state. 

For more information, visit: https://msbwr.org/policy/black-womens-equal-pay-day-2024/

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Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable (MSBWR) is a statewide intergenerational network dedicated to advancing women’s economic security through policy advocacy, increasing civic engagement and voter participation among black women and girls, developing transformational leaders for long-term movement building, and engaging in community outreach and rapid response projects. Learn more by visiting: https://msbwr.org

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