Yesterday was officially Equal Pay Day. One day of social media posts, protests and news articles about how women make less money than men. One day where we are all more aware of the gender inequality built into society, and then we get on with our lives.
Not so fast.
On average, women make $0.77 on the dollar compared to men, which means that as a white woman, I have caught up with my male counterparts’ earnings by April. But women of color across the country have a ways to go. The wage disparity is even wider when you account for a woman’s race:
- February 20th: Asian Women, 86%
- April 8th: White Women, 77%
- May 11th: Black/African-American Women, 64%
- June 17th: Hispanic/Latina Women, 56%
Learn more from the National Organization of Women.