African-American Equal Pay Day

Today is African-American Equal Pay Day. This marks the symbolic day that the earnings of African American women will catch up to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts’ earnings from last year.

Decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act in 1963, African American working women are facing a wage gap that is not narrowing. Last year, African American women made 64 cents on the dollar made by White, non-Hispanic men. This year, it’s 60 cents.

African American women also make less on average than African American men and White, non-Hispanic women. This gap hurts not only women, but also the families and communities that depend on them. In 2016, this is unacceptable. We need to act now.

For information visit National Women’s Law Center.