Black Women Aren’t Being Paid for Eight Months of Their Work

Christina Morillo

Here's why Black Women's Equal Pay Day and awareness of the wage gap is important.

Today, Aug. 22, 2019, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day which aims to highlight the wage gap between Black women and white men and women. Here’s why it’s important and our headline is alarming.

Black women who work full-time earn 61 cents for every dollar a white male middle manager earns, reports Fast Company. Black women have to work 20 months to earn the same amount as a white male earns in a year, which equates to eight months of unpaid labor. And all that lost revenue adds up, reports Fast Company, “Over a 40-year career, [B]lack women make $946,120 less than white men.”

Here’s how the date of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is determined according to EqualPayToday.org:

“Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is the approximate day a Black woman must work into the new year to make what white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year. Based on ACS Census data, the 2019 wage gap for Black women and men is $.61 (cents). Click on the links below for more information on equal pays days and contributors to the wage gap.”

A wage gap certainly exists between white women and white men, but the former fares better than Black women. White women make 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes. Black women have to work 142 days more than a white woman to earn the same amount, reports Forbes.com.

The wage gap gets even worse on the state level. For example, a Black woman working full-time in Louisiana earns 48 cents for every dollar her white male counterpart earns, reports Fast Company.

But it’s not all about Black women. With Native women earning 58 cents for every dollar, and Latinx women earning 53 cents for every dollar, it’s imperative we highlight their equal pay days, of Sept. 23, 2019 and Nov. 20, 2019 respectively.

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