Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Black Women's Equal Pay Day!

That's right. It takes until July 31st for black women to make as much as white men did last year. It's in April for white women. Latina women are still waiting for their day.

Serena Williams, greatest sports start in the world, spoke on this day for Fortune.

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. This day shines a light on the long-neglected fact that the gender pay gap hits women of color the hardest. Black women are 37 cents behind men in the pay gap—in other words, for every dollar a man makes, black women make 63 cents. 
I’d like to acknowledge the many realities black women face every day. To recognize that women of color have to work—on average—eight months longer to earn the same as their male counterparts do in one year. To bring attention to the fact that black women earn 17% less than their white female counterparts and that black women are paid 63% of the dollar men are paid. Even black women who have earned graduate degrees get paid less at every level. This is as true in inner cities as it is in Silicon Valley. 
Together, we will change the story—but we are going to have to fight for every penny.

Please go read the whole thing. The only thing I have to add is that we white women need to fight hard for black women's equal pay as well, not just our own. If that means busting down the doors of the ultra-rich white dudes and physically taking their shit then all the better, but we need to be the ones doing that since we're so much less likely to be murdered by the police for it.

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