Equal Pay Day is an important reminder that in Nashville and across America, we still have much work to do before we are truly an equal society for women and men alike.
“As I continue to talk to women across Nashville neighborhoods, they tell me about the struggles they face in the workplace. Women deserve equal pay for the same work as men, regardless. And they deserve the flexibility to balance work and family lives — to visit a child in school or take a loved one to the hospital,” said Councilmember At-large Megan Barry. “Equal pay is an important first step, but the fight for fairness doesn’t stop there.”
To commemorate Equal Pay Day, the campaign has released a video taken from the recent Women for Megan Barry event where Connie Britton, Emmylou Harris and over 400 other men and women were in attendance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VUpub915L0
Over the last seven years, Megan Barry has worked with the Dean administration and her fellow council members to pass legislation that promotes a more diverse and inclusive Nashville:
- Megan Barry sponsored and passed the non-discrimination ordinance making it unlawful for metro to fail or refuse to hire, promote or fire a person because of their race, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age and/or disability.
- Megan Barry co-sponsored legislation that would have applied those same protections to employees of companies that contract with Metro.
- Megan Barry sponsored and passed a fair wage ordinance that ensured no Metro employee would be paid a poverty wage.
- Megan Barry co-sponsored procurement nondiscrimination legislation that created the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance in order to create greater access for minority and women-owned businesses to public contracts.
“We’ve made some great progress in recent years, but we still have a long way to go before we reach our city’s full potential,” said Barry. “As mayor, the push for diversity will start at the top, where I’ll appoint and work with a Chief Diversity Officer to proactively recruit and hire talented women and minorities for Metro’s top-paying jobs, while identifying and addressing areas where passive discrimination still exists in the areas of pay and promotion.”
“Ending discrimination will not only ensure Metro is doing the right thing morally, but will also make for stronger families and a warmer and more welcoming Nashville for all,” said Barry.
Councilmember At-Large Megan Barry is seeking election to the office of mayor in the August 2015 election. A Nashville resident for 23 years, Megan Barry was twice elected as at-large member of the Metro Council, receiving the most votes in the countywide election in 2011. An MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, she has two decades of senior-level corporate experience in telecommunications and healthcare. She is the mother of a college-age son and has been married to Bruce Barry for 21 years.