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Why Today Is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Today, August 3rd, is Black Women Equal Pay Day. This date signifies how long it takes a Black woman working full-time to catch up to making what her average non-Hispanic white male counterpart earned in 2020. Black women make 63 cents for every dollar made by a white man. Meaning that if both of them started the same job on January 1, 2020, a Black woman would have to work until August 3, 2021 to earn what he earned in 2020.

If you want to learn more about the gender pay gap, here are some resources from the AAUW:

• Systemic Racism and the Gender Pay Gap: New research on how decades of discriminatory employment practices, intentionally inadequate legal protections and persistent racial stereotypes contribute to a pay gap that remains far wider for women of color than for white women. 

• The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap: The gap between what women earn compared to their male counterparts has remained stubbornly persistent at about 82 cents on the dollar for the past several decades. This report explores the reasons behind the gap and outlines what can be done. 

• Black Women and Student Debt. The gender pay gap contributes to the fact that Black women graduate from college with higher levels of student debt—and often have a difficult time paying it off. AAUW calls for equitable debt forgiveness policies that ensure that the neediest borrowers get the help they need.