Morehead mayor announces creation of ‘Gender Equality Task Force’

Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 4:36 PM EDT
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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown made a special announcement Monday afternoon, detailing the new Gender Equality Task Force she’s created.

“Whatever paths women choose, my sincere hope is that they aren’t met with harm from sexist bullying, threats or violence while on that path,” Mayor White-Brown said.

A city revolutionized by trailblazing women-- Phoebe Button, Cora Wilson Stewart, Dr. C. Louise Caudill, and now the first woman mayor.

“It is common that comments are made when I walk into a room about my physical appearance, while serving in my official capacity as mayor. Although I know similar comments would never be made about my male counterparts,” Mayor White-Brown said.

Like most women, Mayor White-Brown tolerated the comments, so as not to come off as too difficult or sensitive. Until the comments turned into threats.

“Recently I was sexually threatened. Threats that were made for no reason other than my gender,” she said.

Statistically, 81% of women have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, there is a proven pay gap between men and women and there are fewer women in leadership positions. Problems that don’t exclude Morehead.

“The task force being formed will ensure our community is trauma informed, does not accept bystanders and that victims do not have to go through the red tape they often have to go through with reporting,” Morehead attorney Ashley Adkins with the Kentucky Women’s Commission said.

Mayor White-Brown’s Gender Equality Task Force has promised to provide a safe space for survivors of sexual assault to come forward, ending the normalcy of sexual threats in the work place.

The task force also encourages business owners to become Green Dot Certified, which teaches employees how to recognize sexual assault in the work place as well as provide violence prevention workshops.

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