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Pay equity is the law, but wage gap between men and women still exists

By BECKY GILLETTE Despite the fact that pay equity is the law, studies show women earn less money than men for doing the same work. This pay gap does not necessarily decrease simply because more women are achieving “bread winner” status, said Jaklyn Wrigley, a Gulfport-based attorney with Fisher Phillips, a national, management-side labor and employment law firm. “Technically, since ...

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Proposed equal pay legislation would end “daylight robbery on the job”

By BECKY GILLETTE When women get paid considerably less than men for doing the same work, it can amount to “daylight robbery on the job,” said Cassandra Overton-Welchlin, director of the Mississippi Women Economic Security Initiative, a project of the Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative. Those lower wages can be especially difficult for mothers because of child care costs. And ...

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MSU recognizes Outstanding Women

Mississippi State University’s Commission on the the Status of Women recently recognized six individuals with the university’s latest Outstanding Women awards. Honored were, from left: Nelle Cohen, Outstanding Community Woman; Yvett Roby, Outstanding Staff Woman; Emily S. Turner, senior civil engineering/environmental engineering from Columbia, S.C., Student Leadership Awards; MSU President Mark Keenum; Elizabeth M. “Betty” Thomas senior agribusiness/policy and law ...

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MBJ Business Showcase — All in the Family: Dr. Catherine Sledge

As an entrepreneur married to an entrepreneur, as well as partnering in a dental practice with her father, Dr. Catherine Sledge has had to learn to juggle her personal and professional lives with all of the skill, tact, and discretion she can summon. In addition to an entrepreneurial husband, she also has two small kids, boys ages 2.5 and 5 ...

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MSU professors empower African-American women to succeed in higher education

By BECKY GILLETTE Tenure at universities is often highly political. White males still receive promotions and tenure more than any other group. Four Mississippi State University faculty members received a $57,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help create programs to even the odds. That included a conference last month in Atlanta, “Preparing Black Female Faculty for Prominence, Power ...

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ADP’s Williamson a key innovative cog in Hattiesburg area development programs

By BECKY GILLETTE Valencia Williamson has overseen the creation of innovative new programs including those designed to improve the work-force preparedness of high school graduates since she was hired six years ago to head the Area Development Partnership Chamber of Commerce Division as executive vice president. “Valencia is a leading minority executive in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a shining ...

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BankPlus lends support to women in business

Special to the MBJ BankPlus recently announced the launch of The Source, an initiative designed to provide Mississippi women in business with access to capital, mentoring support and networking opportunities to succeed in business. The Source will launch with the goal to loan $50 million from BankPlus to women seeking to start a business, grow a business or for any ...

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Women’s center director

Theresa Grace Kennedy was recently named director of the Women Business Center of Mississippi. The Moss Point native is an alumna of the Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Agricultural Economics. She has worked in agriculture, entrepreneurship, banking, political campaigns, small business consulting, city government, community outreach and marketing. Kennedy is a ...

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State company gets OK from FAA on drone flights

By LISA MONTI A small, woman-owned business at Stennis Space Center now has federal approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles at low altitudes on commercial missions. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the exemption to Innovative Imaging and Research to operate their drones under 200 feet anywhere except near airports and events with large crowds. “Getting the exemption is huge,” said Mary ...

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