Black Women’s Equal Pay Day — Tuesday, August 3 — marks the date on which the average Black woman working full-time in 2021 will have caught up to the pay of the average white non-Hispanic man in 2020.
Although this wage disparity is not new, the pandemic and economic downturn exacerbated inequality along racial and gender lines, and racism within labor markets continues adding to this injustice.
Join Demos President Taifa Smith Butler and author of The Sum of Us and Trustee Emeritus Heather McGhee for an intimate discussion on the past, present, and future of Black women in the American workforce.
The conversation will cover the structural barriers Black women face in the economy and explore policy solutions aimed at reducing inequality and supporting the needs of Black women and their families.
The statistics are a bleak glimpse into how sexism and racism affect the lives and wallets of Black women, but there's more to the story of Black women's massive contributions to the economy and the policy solutions needed to eradicate structural failures that fuel inequality.