Think Black Women Deserve More than 63 Cents to the Dollar? Join the #BlackWomensEqualPay Day Twitter Storm
Would you like to work almost 20 months just to get paid the same paycheck your coworkers get paid in a year? That’s the case for black women in the United States, who are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
#BlackWomensEqualPay Day, which takes place on July 31, is the symbolic day when black women’s earnings “catch up” to white men’s earnings from the previous year. When 70 percent of black mothers serve as the primary or sole breadwinner in their family, every penny counts. The pay gap threatens women’s economic security and can hinder women’s ability to pay bills, including student loans. AAUW’s new report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, found that a whopping 57 percent of black women who were repaying student loans reported that they had been unable to meet essential expenses within the past year. After all, it’s hard to pay bills when you’re missing a huge chunk of your paycheck.
AAUW has observed or will observe the following additional equal pay days in 2017.
March 7, 2017
Asian American women’s Equal Pay Day
May 1, 2017
White women’s Equal Pay Day
May 23, 2017
Mothers’ Equal Pay Day
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