Check out these sobering stats from the New York Times.
This Thursday is what’s known as “Black Women’s Equal Pay Day,” which represents the number of days into 2019 that full-time working black women must work to earn what their white male counterparts earned last year (in other words: eight extra months). Here are a few of the most staggering figures about black women and pay parity:
- 61 cents — That’s the amount that black women working full-time, year-round make for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts, according to a new report from the National Women’s Law Center.
- $946,120 — That’s the amount of money a black woman loses over the course of a 40-year career because of the wage gap, according to that same report.
- 80 percent — That’s the number of black mothers who are the sole or primary breadwinners for their households, according to the American Association of University Women.
- 1 in 3 — That’s the proportion of Americans who are unaware of the wage gap, according to research by LeanIn.org.