The issue of unequal pay for women has captured the national conversation, and Atlanta Women for Equality is leading the charge behind the #BlackWomenEqualPay movement. On July 28, 2015, participants were encouraged to clock out from work at 2:07 pm and upload a selfie to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook while holding a timecard with the #BlackWomenEqualPay hashtag.
2:07 p.m.—the time (64% into a regular 9–5 workday) that the average Black woman would leave work to account for the typical wage gap if she were paid at the same hourly rate as the average white man
This unequal pay cuts across socioeconomic lines;
Black women working as physicians and surgeons make 52¢ for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
Black women working as customer service representatives make 79¢ for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
Black women working as personal care aides make 85¢ for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
Black women working as construction laborers make 86¢ for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
Folks on Twitter and Instagram of all backgrounds organized to boost the conversation of wage equality:
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) July 28, 2015
Black women create and grow businesses at 6x the national rate. Shouldn’t we be compensated for that?
— ♈️☀️Chief Blocka🌙♌️ (@FeministaJones) July 28, 2015
When I applied for a job:
Lakisha on my resume = zero call backs
L. Ann on my resume = flooded w/ calls
Racism hurts #BlackWomenEqualPay
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) July 28, 2015
The avg African American woman working full-time, yr-round, will earn 64 cents for every dollar her male coworker earns. #BlackWomenEqualPay
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 28, 2015
— SisterSong (@SisterSong_WOC) July 28, 2015
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) July 28, 2015
Check out this nifty infographic for more facts on how the wage gap leaves black women at a disadvantage:
Did you participate in #BlackWomenEqualPay Day? What are your thoughts on the wage gap?