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.
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:
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)