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The gender pay gap is more than just a statistic – it affects real women and real families. The gender pay gap causes real damages and perpetuates income inequality for women of color. Black/African American women would be making $20,876 more on average each year if there were no gender pay gap. This adds up to 3 year's worth of food for their families, approximately 9,874 more gallons of gas, or 22 more months of rent each year. This amount of money could allow a Black/African American women and her family to rise above the poverty line or jump from one socioeconomic tier to another.

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As you can read in the bar chart above, there are actually six Equal Pay Days. For example, in August every year we bring attention to the gender-based inequity in wages for Black/African American women, but this inequity intersects with other identities. Each of the days represents the amount of time into the NEXT YEAR that a woman in each group would have to work to earn the same amount of money a non-Hispanic white man, doing the same job, earned the previous year. Black/African American women work almost two-thirds of a year more to earn what non-Hispanic white men doing the same work earn in one year.

On average this is what women earn compared to White, non-Hispanic Men:

  • Latinas November 1, 2018 $.53 (cents) Earning almost half as much as white non-Hispanic men in a year as well as earning less than every other woman. <Learn more about Latina Pay Equity>

  • Native American September 27, 2018 $.55 (cents)

  • Black/African-American August 7, 2018 $.61 (cents)

  • Mothers May 30, 2018 $.69 (cents) all moms compared to all dads

  • White April 17, 2018 $.77 (cents)

  • Asian-American February 22, 2018 $.85 (cents)

(above data from equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays)

READ THESE BOOKS to dig deeper to help close the wage gaps:

This hands-on manual provides Latinas with the tools they need to succeed at work by examining some of the societal and cultural obstacles that hinder their progress.

This hands-on manual provides Latinas with the tools they need to succeed at work by examining some of the societal and cultural obstacles that hinder their progress.

"Policy makers can take a number of critical lessons from the analyses in this volume"

"Policy makers can take a number of critical lessons from the analyses in this volume"

“How can women and their families get ahead when they’re getting undercut and shortchanged?” -Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator for New York State

“How can women and their families get ahead when they’re getting undercut and shortchanged?”
-Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator for New York State