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  • 2023 Black Women's Equal Pay Day
    Updated On: Jul 26, 2023

    CLUW recognizes Black Women's Equal Pay Dav
    Join Coalition Activities on 7/26 and 7/27

    Since our country’s founding, racism and sexism have shaped the structure of our economy, laws and policies. As a result, pay discrimination and occupational segregation (the segregation of women into low-paid and undervalued jobs) have long inflicted harm upon Black women in the workforce. The need for both equal pay and higher pay is urgent.

    The wage gap for Black women compared to non-Hispanic white men is 67 cents for full-time, year-round workers and 64 cents for all workers (including part-time and part-year workers). These gaps are unacceptable, but there are solutions.

    For this year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, we urge:

    Federal lawmakers for swift passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would modernize and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to better combat pay discrimination and close the wage gap, including by protecting workers from retaliation for discussing pay, banning the use of prior salary history, and codifying pay data collection.


    TODAY, July 26 at 12pm PT/3pm ET, tune in for a virtual conversation with EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows and the incredible leaders of the Black Women’s Equal Pay Day organizational hosts to discuss the pay gaps for Black women, the contributors to this ongoing problem, the devastating impact on Black women and families, and the solutions for closing the pay gaps once and for all.  Please register here: 

    Also, we are urging:

    Governors and other state officials to ensure that the historic infrastructure investments recently enacted into law lead to better and higher-paid jobs for Black women. Without intentional interventions to address the underrepresentation of Black women in quality jobs supported by these unprecedented federal investments, we risk replicating current inequities and exclusions.


    Also please join advocates, lawmakers, and community members from across the country on THURSDAY, July 27, 2023 (Black Women’s Equal Pay Day) for a BWEPD National Social Media Storm at 11am PT/2pm ET to raise awareness about the wage gap that impacts Black women and their families.

    Our hashtags for the day will be #BlackWomenCantWait and  #BlackWomensEqualPayDay. 

    Some sample tweets:

    Black women working full time, year-round are robbed of $907,680 over a lifetime. That’s $907,680 that could have bought a home, paid for their children’s education, and been saved for retirement. It’s time to pay Black women what they’re owed. #BlackWomensEqualPay

    Research from @equalrightsadv found that 50% of Black & Latinx caregivers are struggling to make ends meet due to increased caregiving responsibilities + debt. Read here: #BlackWomensEqualPayDay #BlackWomenCantWait

    The wage gap for Black women is not just a statistic—it's a barrier to economic justice. By advocating for voting rights and voting power, we empower ourselves to push for equal pay. Join the movement! #BlackWomensEqualPayDay 

    Nobody should have to work more than 18 months to make one year's pay. But that’s the legacy racism has left on Black women’s economic security. Equal pay for Black women would change lives and strengthen families. #BlackWomensEqualPayDay

    CLUW thanks you for taking action. And a big thank you to Equal Pay Today, National Council of Negro Women, Black Women’s Roundtable, Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable,  National Partnership for Women and Families, National Women’s Law Center for hosting this year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and providing resources to help the public understand its importance.

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