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Black Women's Equal Pay Day Is A Reminder That Black Women Are Often Overlooked

August 23, 2016

August 23 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. The day was chosen based on how long into the NEXT YEAR it would take black women to earn the same amount white men earn in one year. That's because black women make on average only 63% of what white men do for the same work.

Now if you're thinking "wait, I always heard it was around 75 cents on the dollar," that's because the conversation around pay inequality often overlooks race completely. Factoring in groups like white women and Asian American women, who earn more, brings up that number considerably.

Curious where you stand? You can actually upload your own image to a 10 dollar bill with the amount you'd earn based on gender and race.

Another group often overlooked are LGBTQ women, and groups like trans women of color can be doubly slighted.

In an election year, and the year Harriet Tubman, a black woman, was announced as the new face of the $20 bill, the conversation around equal pay seems especially poignant. As you go forward, remember that your vote has power.