Congresswoman Beatty Celebrates Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
Today, August 13, 2020, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of days a Black woman must work into the year to earn what her white male counterpart earned in the previous year. As a strong advocate and supporter for racial and gender pay equity, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:
“On average, Black women are paid 62 cents for every dollar made by a White male in corporate America. Over time, the loss of $23,000 a year in wages--and more than $900,000 during the course of a forty-year career--perpetuates wealth inequality and further expands the racial wealth gap. If the historical trend continues, it will take over 200 years for Black women to achieve pay equity with their white male counterparts. At a time when Black women are working to overcome student loans and debt, as well as are the primary caregivers for their families and an essential component of the workforce, we must overcome this systemic inequity if we are to ensure all communities can attain the American Dream. As a Black woman, I raise my voice in support of ending racial and gender pay inequity and encourage all companies to implement policies to foster pay equity for all workers and eliminate systemic bias that perpetuates these inequities.
When Black women succeed, America succeeds!”
To learn more about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, visit the American Association of University Women’s website.