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The Black Women’s Pay Gap by the Numbers
August 22 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. That means Black women had to work all of 2018 and until that day in 2019 to catch up with what white men earned in 2018 alone. Regardless of their occupation, level of education, or years of experience, Black women are still paid less than men.2 Get the facts about the pay gap and its impact on Black women and their families.
On average, Black women in the U.S. are paid 39% less than white men and 21% less than white women.3
Black women are doing their part.
Black women ask for promotions and raises at about the same rates as white women, but they get worse results.7
The pay gap actually widens for women at higher education levels.8
The gap is largest for Black women who have bachelor’s and advanced degrees.
The pay gap starts early.
From age 16, Black girls are paid less than boys the same age—and the gap only grows from there.9
The gap hurts women and families.
Lower earnings for Black women means less money for their families, especially since more than 80% of Black mothers are the main breadwinners for their households. This impacts families’ ability to buy groceries, pay for childcare, invest in their children’s education, and more. 10
While many Americans don’t realize the pay gap for Black women exists, Black women and their families certainly feel the effects.