Black Women's Equal Pay Day Conversation
"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.
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.
If you are a part of an existing Lean In Circle or Chapter please specify which:
What is your occupation/employer/title?
On what social media can other Lean In Women of Color members connect with you if any? (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Lean In Leaders Slack, YouTube, Tumblr, personal Website or blog) Please provide links if necessary to easily find you.
What do you want to get out of the Black Women's Equal Pay Day Conversation?
What do you want to give? Specifically, what skills or knowledge could you share at Lean In Women of Color? (What unique strengths do you have that other members could benefit from?)
Lean In Women of Color conversations give us the opportunity to educate and share the issues we care about. Please add the e-mails of any individual or professional who we should invite to attend either in-person or virtually.
To get the sharing started, please tell us: If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give yourself first starting off in your career?
Please "lean in" and share with us: What is your six month and one-year, ambitious goal in 250 characters? (Tweet-length)
Are you opening to volunteering your time as guest speaker, panelist, or blog interviewee to assist other Lean In Women of Color activities?
Any cultural identities, ethnicity, or affinity groups you want to share: (i.e.: Indian (Liberal), breast cancer survivor, young adult fiction enthusiast, engineer, Zumba instructor, etc.)
Anything else you want other members to know? (Birthdays are welcome as well as Lean In roles you play and expertise you're happy to share.) Please be brief.
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