By Robyn Collins
Jack White has been named to the new Council on Gender Equality in Nashville, TN. Nashville mayor Megan Barry signed the executive order on Wednesday, July 13. The 45-member Council will study gender equality in the Nashville metro area and report their findings to the mayor, reported to Rolling Stone.
The rocker, who previously served on former mayor Karl Dean’s Nashville Music Business Council, was recruited because of the work policies set forth at his Third Man Records, including six-month paid maternity leave, three-month paid paternity leave, health insurance for all employees and a $15 minimum wage, The Tennessean reported.
“In my life in the arts, I’ve always considered it unfair when, for example, while producing a record, that a drummer would be less than a singer simply because that singer had an agent or representative,” White said in a press conference. “I think they should be paid the same. Now wouldn’t it be just as ridiculous to pay two fiddle players a different wage because one of them is male and one of them is female? I think so.”
“Nothing is more important than a new life and new soul being brought into the world, and newborn parents should not have to worry about anything but the health and welfare of their child,” he continued. “If my small company can enact these ideas, then so can McDonald’s and General Motors. I believe all human being in this planet and in this society we live in deserve to be treated the same.”