"Equal pay is not about getting what's fair, but about getting compensated for the value and expertise we bring to the workplace."
Black Women's Equal Pay Day marks the day that a black women will earn the equivalent of what a white man earned the previous year. This year, it took eight months and seven days for this to happen which makes today, August 7, Black Women's Equal Pay Day.
Despite being the most educated demographic in the US and working the most hours on average, black women are paid only 63 cents for every dollar a white man makes, the AAUW reports. There is also a major pay gap between black and white women, as black women are payed 21 percent less than what black women are payed on average.
This divide applies to women in all fields. According to a report from the National Women's Law Center, a black woman stands to lose over $800,000 throughout the span of her career under the current wage gap and up to $1 million in certain states.
Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day and we still have a long ways to go. #PayBlackWomen #BlackWomensEqualPayDay https://t.co/Oj7sah4jA6— Wear Your Voice Mag (@Wear Your Voice Mag) 1533650372.0
These discrepancies are astounding and they affect the everyday lives of black women who are often the financial backbone of their families, yet according to the Huffington Post, only 1 in 3 Americans are aware of it. "Equal pay is not about getting what's fair, but about getting compensated for the value and expertise we bring to the workplace," Lisa Skeete Tatum, CEO and founder of career guidance platform Landit.
Not only do black women face salary discrimination, but they are often subject to prejudice and microagressions in the workplace. Last year, the Twiiter hastag #BlackWomenatWork was created to address these issues and allow black women to share their stories.
Black Women's Equal Pay Day is intended to combat this, and is a day to remind and inform people about such injustices against the livelihoods of black women.
Much like previous years, many black women have taken to social media to share their experiences and demand folks to "give us our money," using the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPayDay.
Black women are paid 38 percent less than white men and 21 percent less than white women. #BBHMM… https://t.co/OzfbfSuogC— Lanae Spruce 👩🏾💻 (@Lanae Spruce 👩🏾💻) 1533649149.0
Know your worth, then add tax. 💰 https://t.co/Gf1UFUsRai #BlackWomensEqualPayDay https://t.co/Zu0jxwrkUn— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) 1533647237.0
The only thing I have to say in regards to #BlackWomensEqualPayDay is that the disparity is especially known as a f… https://t.co/qfvI07YhrR— Nneka M. Okona 🇳🇬 (@Nneka M. Okona 🇳🇬) 1533645092.0
Let's tell stories for #BlackWomensEqualPayDay. A few years ago, I was part of a storytelling project that contra… https://t.co/BCEMHXYvO6— Janelle Harris (@Janelle Harris) 1533646536.0
There will be those who read this hashtag and believe we want more because we are black women. No. We want more… https://t.co/laibdNzrxw— BlackFilmsonNetflix (@BlackFilmsonNetflix) 1533646143.0
Today is #BlackWomensEqualPayDay For all my sistas, let’s get this money 🌙 https://t.co/tNjOb26SIm— Carrie Blackshaw (@Carrie Blackshaw) 1533647110.0
Why is #BlackWomensEqualPayDay important ??? For starters … https://t.co/8zOjZtCyHK— Jacqueline V Twillie (@Jacqueline V Twillie) 1533610339.0
#BlackWomensEqualPayDay marks the day into the new year Black women have to work to earn what white men earned the… https://t.co/yj4KwDcfCc— Symone D. Sanders (@Symone D. Sanders) 1533610563.0
Today is #BlackWomensEqualPayDay, the day in 2018 to which black women have to work to make the same as white men d… https://t.co/dqYVKgknU8— Breakthrough U.S. (@Breakthrough U.S.) 1533648620.0
Good morning. It's #BlackWomensEqualPayDay! https://t.co/pWwCceGLVW— Rep. Donna Bullock (@Rep. Donna Bullock) 1533648657.0
🎧Gimme my check, put some respeck on my check Or pay me in equity (pay me in equity) Watch me reverse out of debt (… https://t.co/kJIHDl2vVc— WealthWithWhit (@WealthWithWhit) 1533653799.0
PAY US ACCORDINGLY #BlackWomensEqualPayDay https://t.co/Tu3JyePO18— nadirah (@nadirah) 1533651092.0
Demand your worth. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay Thank you, @Oprah https://t.co/JAfWpFnR2a— Akisa Omulepu (@Akisa Omulepu) 1533650648.0