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63 cents to each dollar.
Shaniqua and Ryan share the same office, do the same tasks, and even hold the same job title. The difference is, Ryan will walk away with her salary, along with an additional eight months of work pay.
July 31st marks the day Black women open the line of conversation and discuss the PROBLEM.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore said it herself when she stated, “Where men see $10, Black women see $6.30.”
It is unfortunate that in the year 2017 Black women are still fighting for equal opportunities, nonetheless these public figures made sure they addressed the issue in the most savvy way.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross posted a video on Instagram expressing her opinion on the matter as she spoke on how phenomenal and intelligent the intersectionality of Black people and women are and what they can achieve.
Bronx rapper, Remy Ma also took to social media posing in a Maya Angelou inspired t-shirt that reads ‘Phenomenal Woman.’
Remy’s caption stated, “July 31 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which represents the number of days into 2017 a black woman must work to earn the same pay a white man made in 2016 — that’s nearly 8 extra months! Black women are the cornerstone of our communities, they are phenomenal, and they deserve equal pay.”
Public figures such as Serena Williams and Issa Rae were seen wearing a “Phenomenal Woman” t-shirt in solidarity.
As successful Black women in the media use their platform to speak out on injustices, hopefully the world sees a change in the wages given to African American women and MORE.
In the end, lets not forget the meaning behind the hashtag and make #BlackWomensEqualPayDay a REALITY.
“Speaking truth to power sometimes makes people uncomfortable. But it’s those moments when we grow as a society.” – Senator Kamala Harris