"The most disrespected person in America is the black woman," were wise words spoken by the brilliant Malcolm X nearly six decades ago. Today, in 2018, his words unfortunately still ring true. More specifically, black women are financially and professionally disrespected in the workplace and have been for years. August 7 marks Black Women's Equal Pay Day to acknowledge just how far we have to go in providing black women the full compensation they deserve.

While women have always been fighting for equal wages at work, black women (per usual) have to fight twice as hard. Here are five facts you need to know about Black Women's Equal Pay Day.