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Mayor Barry's new Gender Equity Council includes rocker Jack White

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Mayor Megan Barry made the announcement on Wednesday. (WSMV) Mayor Megan Barry made the announcement on Wednesday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Mayor Megan Barry is taking gender equality in Nashville head-on.

On Wednesday, Barry announced the launch of a new Gender Equity Council.

The 45-member group will analyze the areas of family services, health and safety and economic opportunities available to Nashville residents.

Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, and Ronald Roberts, CEO of DVL Seigenthaler, will serve as co-chairs.

"We still have a lot to do to promote fairness in our city. We will have to make sure everyone still has access to services and opportunities," Shea said.

Musician Jack White will serve as one of the council members.

Barry pointed out that, nationally, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. She also said while women make up 51 percent of Nashville’s population, the pay doesn’t reflect that.

The mayor said a study conducted last year in Metro government found women are under-represented in the highest income brackets and over-represented in the lowest income brackets. It also found less than 40 percent of Metro employees are women.

“As a city, we need to make sure women and men have the same opportunities and that we’re treating men fairly and we’re treating women fairly,” Barry said. “We need to ensure that the bathroom you use at work doesn’t have anything to do with the paycheck you take home.”

After completing the study, the council will present its recommendations to Barry.

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