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MBJ FOCUS: Mississippi ranks last in pay equality for women

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ranks last in the U.S. when it comes to pay equity for women. “We are now the only state in the nation without some equal pay protections in our state law,” said Tracy DeVries, executive director, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi. “Alabama legislators passed a state equal pay bill last session.”  According to the Institute for Women’s ...

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Women’s Foundation of Mississippi announces 2019 Women of Vision

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, a grant making and advocacy organization dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide, has announced its “Women of Vision” honors. They will be honored Oct. 21 a the Mississippi Museum of Art. Honorees are: Betsy Bradley – Betsy has served as Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art since ...

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Harris helps minority and women-owned business owners across the state

By BECKY GILLETTE Carol S. Harris was employed as a loan officer with Trustmark National Bank before going to work as a Housing Development Officer with the Mississippi Home Corporation, the housing finance agency for Mississippi, where she assisted Community Housing Development Organizations to fund and build more than 1,200 homes annually for low- to moderate-income residents. It was while ...

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Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt hosts annual event

The Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt’s presented their annual awards in Hattiesburg. Awards included a Lifetime Membership Award to Rita Mitchell (center), the Top Recruiter Award to Rosie Knop (right), and the Most Inspiring Member Award to Jennifer Clark. Also, the 2019 board was announced: President – Rosie Knop; Vice President – Elizabeth Corley; Events Coordinator – Shakita ...

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Women’s Foundation announces 2018 Women of Vision.

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, a grantmaking and advocacy organization hold its “Women of Vision” event Oct. 15 and honor four women who have been innovators and visionaries in their respective fields: Willie Jones – President/CEO at Dependable Source Corp. of MS Ellen Langford – Artist, Community Activist, Educator Cathy Northington – Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi Economic Council, ...

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Dependable Source places Mississippians in good jobs in trucking and home health care

By BECKY GILLETTE Dependable Source Corp. of Mississippi is a staffing firm owned by Willie Jones specializes in two diverse occupations commercial truck drivers and home health workers. “Although they are two different services, what they have in common is putting Mississippians to work,” Jones said. “We place a majority of men in trucking and a majority of personal care ...

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