Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – The Reasons Their Pay Gap Exists
By Doug Cunningham
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is Monday, July 31st. The day that marks how long into the year black women have to work to be paid the same wages as a white man was paid last year.
The Economic Policy Institute says black women workers are paid just 67 cents on the dollar compared to white non-Hispanic men. And that’s even after controlling for other factors like education, years of experience and location.
Black women workers in the U.S. are the victims of both gender and race pay gaps. EPI says over the last 37 years gender wage gaps have narrowed, but racial wage gaps are worse. White women’s wages are 76 percent of white men’s. But black women are at 67 percent of white men’s wages.
And EPI says myths like if black women worked harder they’d get the pay they deserve are false. Black women work longer hours than white women.
Economists at EPI say a second myth is that black women can educate themselves out of the pay gap. EPI says black women are paid less than white men at every level of education.
A third myth is that black women choose lower paying occupations. The reality is that in all occupations black women make less than white men.