This Graph Explains Everything You Need To Know About The Purpose Of Equal Pay Day
Remember — the wage gap convo is intersectional.
April 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm
It's #EqualPayDay, and that means it's time to remind folks that pay inequality is still very real in the United States, and in many other countries. It is also important to remember that like feminism in general, this issue is intersectional, so if we're going to tackle the wage gap, we have to delve deep below the surface.
We've all heard that the wage gap between men and women is 20 percent, but women of color are often erased in that conversation, especially since the gap between men and women widens when one looks at white men versus women of color. To highlight the disparity between white men's earnings and those of black women, there is a separate day specifically for black women each year called Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which was held on July 31 last year.
This year, things are worse: Black Women's Equal Pay Day will be recognized on August 7. Native American and Latina Equal Pay Day will be September 7 and November 1, respectively.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Equal Pay Day was observed on February 22 this year, according to CNBC.
To further highlight the how much longer it takes women of color to earn what a white man doing the same job earns in a year, Candace Reels of the intersectional feminist site, Female Collective, posted a sobering image on Instagram this week:
Today is #equalpayday, which marks the day in the year women need to work before they’ve earned the equivalent of what their male counterparts made the previous year. But let’s remember that it’s worst for POC, especially WOC. Let’s continue to speak out and vote for people who believe that equal work deserves equal pay!✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 ( via @sarahsophief // @artwork @monachalabi )