Kristian Stamps, 13, wants to become a crime scene investigator when she grows up. Kristian, the daughter of Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamps, said her parents taught her to work hard, study hard and prepare herself to be a productive adult. She believes it's time to take action in the fight against pay discrimination.
"I stand here today to proclaim to the world that we are worth equal respect, we are worth equal opportunities, and therefore, we are worth equal pay," she said at a press conference in Jackson on Monday
The City and the Mississippi Black Women's Roundtable recognized June 10 as Mom's Equal Payday, designating Jackson as an Equal Pay City. Jackson will become the first city in the state to lead efforts to secure equal pay protections for everyone across the state, the city said in a June 10 press release.
The day also marked the 56th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which a U.S. law mandating employers pay men and women equally for equal work in the same establishment.
The city council has passed an ordinance at the May 14 city council meeting that will prohibit the request of pay history upon being hired in the city. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said the ordinance represents a moral document that speaks to the values of the city.
"I now challenge and encourage businesses who do work for the City of Jackson, that will enter contracts with the City of Jackson, to follow suit and adapt policies that will do the same," he said at the press conference. "As a man who has benefited from the genius, the talents and gifts of so many women, I feel that there is no other place that we can be at this time."
Cassandra Welchlin, director of the Mississippi Women's Economic Security Initiative, said