Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
is Tuesday, August 7, 2018
On Tuesday, August 7 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, join our Social Media Storm using #BlackWomensEqualPay and #Demandmore. See below for more information and resources.
Each year, Equal Pay Day for All is held in April, but when we look at the wage gap for women of color, the gap is far greater. When compared to all men, women earn $.80 (cents) on the $1. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women earn only $.63 (cents) on the $1. This means the typical Black woman must work until August 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017.
This year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is being observed on Tuesday, August 7.
We are challenging everyone who supports equal pay for Black women and all women to #DemandMore at work, as a consumer, and at the ballot box.
There are many contributors to the wage gap, including employment discrimination, gender and race-based bias, lack of pay transparency, an inadequate minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, unfair workplace practices, lack of affordable child care, lack of quality public education system, a dismantling of organized labor, and inadequate access to capital.
On this #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, in this critical year for our nation and at this pivotal moment for democracy, Black women nationwide are demanding more for their contributions, their dollar and their vote. They are demanding tangible solutions from their employers, from the business community, and from elected officials at the local, state and federal level for addressing each of the contributors to the gap.
And as has always been the case, the beneficiary will be not only Black women and families, but all women and the American family. And so we call on everyone who supports equal pay to demand more as well.
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Equal Pay Day – April 10
We’re all about equal pay, all the time. However, April 10 will officially mark Equal Pay Day. It’s the symbolic date when women’s pay “catches up” to the pay men took home by the last day of the previous year. That’s an extra three months of unpaid work due to the wage gap. It’s even worse for Latina’s who make $.54 cents for every dollar a white male earns. Mark your calendars for April 10, and take one of these ACTIONS for Equal Pay Day:
- Take a salary negotiation workshop to learn how to become an agent of change in your workplace.
- Share a tweet about AAUW’s workshops with your network.
- Participate in the Equal Pay Day Social Media Storm, April 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm ET on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, using hashtags #equalpayday, #talkpay, and #time4transparency.
- Sign the EEOC Equal Pay Data Petition.
- Become a volunteer AAUW workshop facilitator. It’s open to any and everyone!
- Ask your employer to sign the 100% Talent Compact.
- Find out what the gender wage gaps are in Boston and how we can work together to close them.
- The wage gap is worse for women of color. Make sure you’re acknowledging ALL the Equal Pay Days.