Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which marks the occasion when black women finally earn as much as white men do in a single calendar year. Twitter recognized the occasion with the hashtags #BlackWomensEqualPay and #BlackWomenCantWait, which spread awareness of the pay gap.
Research shows that black women who are employed in full-time, year-round positions make 61 cents for every dollar that white, non-Hispanic men earn. Since we are nearly nine months into 2019, that means it's taken black women nearly 20 months to earn what white men make in 12 months.
Black women are overrepresented in low-wage jobs and underrepresented in higher-wage jobs, but no matter which group they belong to, they still experience a wage gap. That's partly because of discrimination, workplace harassment, and policies that don't support family caregivers who are also employed, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families. Read more...More about Twitter, Gender Pay Gap, Equal Pay Day, Social Good, and Identities