Not So Fun Facts About #BlackWomensEqualPayDay

Over the course of a 40-year career, the typical Black woman loses a staggering
$867,920 to the wage gap. When men see $10. Black women see $6.30

Black women live a blessed yet cursed experience in America. While we shine and stunt the success often comes from working 100 times harder than our counterparts of other races and gender combinations, often time for less pay for equal or better work.  While our country continues to gradually teeters towards social progression, Black women face biased pay gaps in every industry. 

A survey orchestrated by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey in partnership with the National Urban League shows that despite being so drastic, many are unaware of the pay gap. Their findings report that "One in three Americans is not aware of the pay gap between Black women and white men, and half of Americans are not aware of the gap between Black women and white women.

The pay gap strongly impacts Black women because at the intersection of racism and sexism,  we consistently draw the short straw. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the percentage of black women who work full-time making minimum wage is higher than that of any other racial group. Even after receiving higher education and breaking into well paying industries, the bias exists.

Despite being one of the most educated and civically engaged groups in America, Black women’s earnings also lag behind those of Black men and White, non-Hispanic women, underscoring the intersectional impact of gender and race on the wage gap.

#BlackWomensEqualPayDay recognizes the importance of being paid beyond money. The results of an adequate salary could lead to vast improvement in other arenas. With many households spearheaded by Black women, more money means more opportunities for creating wealth, access to childcare, and more. 

"Not only would fair pay for Black women drastically narrow the racial economic gap, but it would go a long way toward stabilizing our national economy. Because Black women disproportionately are heads of households, fair pay would create a ripple effect that could lift entire communities." says Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. 

Like racism and sexism, the pay gap between Black women and their professional colleagues thrives in every industry. Recently, actress Viola Davis called out the difference between her and fellow actress Meryl Streep's incomes after the two women careers were compared. 

I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver. They all came out of Yale. They came out of Julliard, They came out of NYU. They had the same path as me, and yet, I am nowhere near them–not as far as money, not as far as job opportunities, no where close to it”

The call for women, especially Black women to demand can be heard across social media. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay, recognized on August 7th, 2018 advocates for the equal pay of Black women in support of equal pay policies and closing the gender wage gap for all women.  

Each year, Equal Pay Day for All is held in April, but when we look at the wage gap for women of color, the gap is far greater. When compared to all men, women are paid $.80 (cents) on the $1. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women are paid only $.63 (cents) on the $1. This means the typical Black woman must work until August 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017.