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Supporting Black Women on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2021

By Teo Octavia Saragi

Tuesday, August 3 is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day—the day in 2021 when the average Black woman working full-time year-round finally catches up to what the average non-Hispanic white man earned in 2020. In other words, it takes Black women 8 extra months on average to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earn. 

For every dollar paid to white men, Black women are paid just 63 cents. See the list below for 4 ways you can support equal pay for Black women starting tomorrow July 29.

According to a survey conducted by Time’s Up, only 17% of working Black women are sure that their employer pays men and women equally, and, 55% of Black women surveyed have faced gender or racial discrimination or related obstacles to higher-paying jobs. 

This Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, join the fight to ensure Black women have what they need: stable, well-paying jobs that allow for savings, pays for bills and basic needs like food and housing, and promotes well-being. 

Raise awareness about #BlackWomensEqualPay in several ways:

#1 Join our online event

Join us for a discussion on race and the economy coming out of the pandemic and beyond. Register here for “Black Women Can’t Wait,” happening Tuesday, August 3 at 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET.

Hosted by Equal Pay Today, Equal Rights Advocates, National Urban League, and Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

#2 Join the Twitterstorm on Tuesday, August 3 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET


Use the hashtags #BlackWomensEqualPay and #BlackWomenCantWait to help us raise awareness about the wage gap and its impact on Black women and their families. Use the social media toolkit linked here to engage in a robust online dialogue with advocates and supporters across the nation.

#3 Take Action to support equal pay in various states


New York’s pending pay transparency legislation, S5598A Ramos / A6529 Joyner, is another step forward in promoting pay equity for all. 

We are supporting PowHer New York in advocating for these bills. If passed, the legislation would require employers to disclose compensation or salary range to job applicants and employees for internal or public viewing or upon employee request.

Email and tweet at New York legislators to support pay transparency this Black Women’s Equal Pay Day!

Donate to support equal pay for Black women

#4 Donate to support Equal Pay

Support the work of Equal Rights Advocates, and our national coalition project Equal Pay Today, in our fight to close gender and racial wage gaps. Every gift helps make a difference! Donate here.

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