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Equal Pay Counts

August 7 was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. That means Black women had to work all of 2017 and up to this day in 2018 to catch up with what white men earned in 2017 alone. On average, Black women are paid 38% less than white men and 21% less than white women.1

Throughout 2018, we’re partnering with businesses to highlight the unfairness of the pay gap to consumers making everyday purchases.

See the impact of the pay gap on Black women and their families

What if your shopping bag had 38% less in it?

With the help of adidas, Lyft, P&G, and Reebok—all leaders in the push for equality in the workplace—we asked consumers to think about the impact of getting 38% less2 as they made purchases on August 7. Our goal is to raise awareness of the pay gap for Black women and encourage companies everywhere to commit to equal pay.

Because #38PercentCounts—on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and every day.

On Latina Equal Pay Day on November 1, we’ll do the same to raise awareness of the 46% pay gap Latinas face. (Let that number sink in.)3

We’re proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with companies that are committed to pay equity and setting a new standard for workplace equality.

Sheryl Sandberg

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Findings From Our 2018 Black Women’s Equal Pay Survey

1 in 3 More than 1 in 3 Americans are not aware of the pay gap between Black women and white men.4

50% 50% of Americans are not aware of the pay gap between Black women and white women—and hiring managers are similarly unaware.5

1/2 Almost half of white men think that obstacles to advancement for Black women are gone—but only 14% of Black women agree.6

Learn more about the pay gap

Survey by: SurveyMonkey Lean In National Urban League

Stories from women and their families

In partnership with P&G, we asked real women and their families about the impact of the pay gap.

Lean In Circle member Nkosa explains why closing the pay gap is the right thing to do.
Lean In community member Gloria shares why it’s important to close the pay gap for her, her wife, and their daughter.
Watch real women explain the pay gaps for all women, Black women, and Latinas.

Special thanks to Salesforce for providing the financial support to promote #38PercentCounts and for spreading awareness of the issue.

We’re grateful for the organizations sharing #38PercentCounts in support of closing the pay gap for Black women.

Footnotes

  1. Ariane Hegewisch and Emma Williams-Baron, “The Gender Wage Gap: 2016; Earnings Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity,” IWPR #C459 (September 2017), https://iwpr.org/publications/gender-wage-gap-2016-earnings-differences-gender-race-ethnicity/. Black women are paid $0.625 for every $1 that white men earn, leading to a pay gap for Black women of 37.5%.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. This SurveyMonkey/Lean In online poll was conducted between June 29 and July 4, 2018, among a national sample of 2,950 U.S. adults age eighteen and over. The modeled error estimate is +/-2%. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age eighteen and over. SurveyMonkey and Lean In conducted two online polls among a national sample of adults in the U.S. age 18 and older. The first was conducted June 29 – July 4, 2018 among 2,950 adults and the second was conducted July 13–18, 2018 among 4,217 adults. The modeled error estimate for both surveys is +/- 2 percentage points. Data have been weighted for age, race, sex, education, and geography using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the demographic composition of the United States age eighteen and over. Learn more.
  5. Ibid. 45% of hiring managers reported that they are unaware of the gap.
  6. Ibid.