Black women in the United States who work full time, year-round are typically paid just 62 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men — and that number has not budged in the last 25 years.
For women overall, the wage gap stands at 82 cents for every dollar paid to men.
August 13 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the year Black women working full time need to work to earn what their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts earned in 2019.
This wage gap costs Black women $23,653 a year, according to a new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center. Over a 40-year-career, the wage gap translates to a staggering $946,120. “We owe Black women so much more. Especially right now in the middle of this pandemic, the wage gap has robbed them of their ability to weather this storm,” said Jasmine Tucker, director of research for NWLC. “They don’t have the financial cushion, they don’t have any savings because we haven’t been paying them what we owe them. And that’s just straight earnings that doesn’t even account for if they were able to put any money away, if they were able to buy a house, the equity, the wealth that they could have built for themselves over that time.” On Thursday, Sister to Sister International, a Yonkers-based nonprofit which is dedicated to the empowerment of Black women and girls in Westchester and Rocklandcounties, will participate in a tweetstorm using the hashtag #BlackWomenEqualPayDay from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to raise awareness.
Community partners including the Westchester Women’s Agenda, Jack and Jill of America Inc’s Rockland Orange Chapter, PowerHer NY, American Association of University Women, Westchester County Youth Bureau, Westchester County Office for Women and Westchester Children’s Association will be participating in the effort, said Cheryl Brannan, founder of the nonprofit.