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Black Women’s Unequal Pay Day is Every Day

Just a few days before Women’s Equality Day, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day took place, raising awareness for the drastic pay disparity black women experience. Forbes has an excellent article on this issue and calls on all people to “see color.” That refers to well-meaning people who try to convey that they don’t differentiate races in a biased way and would rather focus on “our similarities to move forward together.”

But the article goes on to cite the argument that by subtly dismissing race, you end up neglecting intersectionality and the inequality black women and people of color face. Despite the fact that black women are the most educated group in the U.S., black women-owned businesses increased 164% and make up a third of all women-owned businesses, our contributions to the economy and our education system are overlooked. Black women are being dramatic or exaggerating when talking about the consequences of racial and gender bias in the workplace. According to the data on lost wages, black women are losing nearly $950,000 over a 40-year career due to the wage gap. This story is important and alarming and worth your time. 

Go to Forbes.com for more on this issue.