"Each year Equal Pay Day is held in April. When we look at the wage gap for women of color, the gap is far greater. When compared to all men, women earn $.80 (cents) on the $1. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women earn only $.63 (cents) on the $1. This means the typical Black woman must work until August 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017."
There are many contributors to the wage gap, including employment discrimination, gender and race-based bias, lack of pay transparency, an inadequate minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, unfair workplace practices, lack of affordable child care, lack of quality public education system, a dismantling of organized labor, and inadequate access to capital. —blackwomensequalpayday.org
This year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is being observed on Tuesday, August 7.
Starting off in November 2016, Lean In Women of Color is a champion in the mission for inclusion and respond to the unconscious biases that often get in the way. Lean In Women of Color confronts intersectional experiences and challenges and promotes bridge-building resources for peers, colleagues and team members. Going into the second year of our program, each year Lean In Women of Color commemorates equal pay day holidays such as Black Women's Equal Pay Day. On August 7th, we are hosting conversations about the pay gap in Lansing, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois.
Our Chicago circle welcomes your participation if you ever negotiated your pay or ever not been paid what you were worth whether it was a salary, commission or contract assignment.
***Please also be aware that I, Julene Allen, will share your answers with other Lean In Women of Color members and contribute responses to our member directory as a way to build community. I will also "own" the directory and share it with others who fill out the member directory. Your information will not be sold or used for any other purposes. I will protect your privacy and remove your information upon request.
Disclaimer: Lean In Women of Color conversations are completely separate from Lean In activities. Though the founder, Julene Allen is a Lean In regional leader, Lean In Women of Color is an independent program, using licenses and branding material authorized by Lean In.