Jack White (courtesy of Music Allies)
Jack White will be a member on Nashville’s newly created Council on Gender Equality.
According to The Tennessean, the former White Stripes frontman, and Nashville resident, will be one of 45 people to serve on the council, which will study gender inequity in Nashville businesses and government.
As for White’s qualifications to serve on the council, The Tennessean points to the employee policy of the rocker’s Third Man Records, which offers six-month maternity leave, three-month paternity leave, health insurance and $15 per hour minimum wage for all employees, regardless of gender.
“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 at a press conference Wednesday. “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?” the musician continued. “I think so.”During the press conference, Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville’s first female mayor, called White “a great example about what a small business can do, and that will help lead the conversation.”White previously served on Nashville’s Music Business Council under former mayor Karl Dean.