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.