Black Women’s Equal Pay Isn’t Just a Black Woman’s Issue


Black Women’s Equal Pay Day aims to bring awareness to the gender pay gap and the fact that both gender and race are factors for black women. This year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on August 7, the two-hundredth day of the year, to represent the extra two hundred days Black women must work to earn as much as their white male counterparts.

It goes without saying that this is an issue for black women; however, according to Forbes, the pay gay is an issue for everyone. With the additional money black women would make if paid equally to white men, they could afford two-and-a-half years of child care, three years’ worth of groceries and roughly 22 months of rent.

Equal payment for black women would not make their lives easier, but it would also serve as an economic stimulus and benefit many families. 80 percent of black mothers are the primary source of income in their homes, meaning that better pay for them would result in better opportunities for their children.

“When we get the pay equity piece right, businesses, economies, and—most importantly—families win,” says Angela Guy, Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for L’Oréal USA. “The research shows that women are key to the economic growth of our societies. Pay us equitably and watch how our economy grows.”

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is a day of advocacy, which at first glance may seem to be just about black women, when in fact it is a day of advocacy for Black women, their families and their communities.

Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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