Today, the hashtag #BlackWomenEqualPay on Twitter has been taking about the intersection of race and gender in regards to wages and money. Sarah Mirk wrote an article about five facts to know today about the issue, including the fact that women of color are more likely to work for minimum wage than white Americans (despite being one of the most educated groups in the US). Today was chosen as the day for the hashtag because it would take a black woman a year plus until July 28th of the next year to make what a white man is paid in one year.
Black women have to work 19 months to make what white men are paid in 12. Sound like #BlackWomenEqualPay to you? pic.twitter.com/zY9NwOmAnn
— NWLC (@nwlc) July 28, 2015
The nonprofit group Atlanta Women for Equality was the group to start the hashtag to bring attention to the differences in wages between black women and white men, as research has shown that black women are typically paid $0.64 to every $1 that a white man makes. The group called for everyone (especially black women) to take selfies with a symbolic time card graphic that shows you clocking out at 2:07pm (64% into the average 9-5 job). Yesha Callahan also wrote about the hashtag and background behind it for The Root and Monica Simpson also wrote about black women pay for inequity.
Black women face a stark wage gap and are more likely to work in lower paid occupations. http://t.co/PW6OOXpga0 #BlackWomenEqualPay — US Labor Department (@USDOL) July 28, 2015
#BlackWomenEqualPay Despite being the most educated group (http://t.co/DHyvgbLwwz), BW still make less than most pic.twitter.com/w5Zq2ZEN1w — #EndReplyAll2015 (@FeministaJones) July 28, 2015
And all my support goes out to the black women speaking out on the hashtag today because the internet has never been a safe space from the racist and sexist trolls that occupy space. To all the trolls out there denying the fact that black women are not paid enough for their work, it’s hilarious how unbelievably wrong you are. And one way (of so many) to be an ally in this situation (especially as a man) (and other than not harassing people, which should be a given) is to give your money to women.
My support goes out to BW speaking on #BlackWomenEqualPay b/c lord knows the sexist, racist, & combination trolls are gonna be out in force.
— jayson flores (@gayonabudget) July 28, 2015