Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Is Today. Be Mad And Get Money, Sis

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THE INTERSECTIONAL PAY GAP IS REAL: BLACK WOMEN EARN ONLY 61 CENTS TO THE DOLLAR.

HERE’S HOW WE CAN PLAY A ROLE IN OUR OWN ECONOMIC LIBERATION AND WORK TO DISRUPT SYSTEMS THAT GUARANTEE OUR INEQUALITY.

This year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on August 22nd, exactly two weeks later than last year’s August 7th date. Every year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day highlights our perpetual game of catch up. It symbolizes the approximate number of days a Black woman must work into the new year to make what their White non-Hispanic male counterparts made at the end of the previous year.

Despite Black women serving as chief breadwinners in at least 70 percent of our households, Black women’s compensation continues to languish—according to American Community Survey (ACS) Census data, the 2019 wage gap for Black women and men is $.61; while White female counterparts earn nearly $0.80 to the dollar.

Dismantling racism and patriarchy needs to be a unified effort to ensure all Americans are paid based on their ability and industry, not their gender and skin color. Here’s how we can play a role in our own economic liberation and work to disrupt systems that guarantee our inequality.

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