National Equal Pay Day was honored back in April — but there’s a much deeper issue at play specifically when it comes to equal pay for Black women.
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Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, showing how far into 2019 black women must work to earn what white men made in 2018. That's 9 extra months! Even worse, the gap has widened since last year. Black women disproportionately are heads of households, they make up the largest group of minority women-owned businesses, and they're a key voting bloc with one of the biggest voter turnouts — when you lift up black women, you lift up entire communities. They are phenomenal, and they deserve equal pay! @phenomenal tee benefits the Black Futures Lab.
Did you know that in 2018, Black women have to work 20 months just to match what a white man makes in 12?!
Clearly, many factors contribute to the ridiculous wage gap. According to the National Women’s Law Center, this gap can begin to widen over the course of a black woman’s career, causing her to lose nearly $870,000 in potential earnings to the wage gap.
That’s not all. According to Fast Company:
Over a 40-year career, black women make $946,120 less than white men, according to the National Women’s Law Center. That loss of potential revenue has ripple effects, too, especially considering the fact that 80% of black women are their families’ primary or sole breadwinner.
This is very true. However, young queens, just know that there’s plenty more where Bey and Auntie O came from. Check out our list of the wealthy Black women other than the Queen of Music and the Queen of all media.