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BLACK WOMEN'S EQUAL PAY DAY: BLACK WOMEN ONLY EARN 61 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR EARNED BY WHITE MEN

DANIEL MORITZ-RABSON

08/22/2019

After working all of 2018 and through much of August of 2019, on Thursday, black women finally earned as much as their white, male counterparts did in the 2018 calendar year. With black women who work full-time earning just $0.61 for every dollar made by white men, black women must work almost 20 months to receive the same amount that non-Hispanic white men do over 12 months.

Over a 40-year career, that means that black women make $946,120 less than white men, according to the National Women's Law Center. Black women's equal pay day, which fell on August 22 this year, emphasizes the racial and gender disparities in U.S. worker pay.

"As experts have noted, it is important to understand that this race-gender wage gap consists of more than simply adding the separate numbers associated with each gap. Rather, it reflects a unique effect that results from how the combination of race and gender are perceived together," Jocelyn Frye, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, wrote in a piece published on Thursday.

In some states, the pay gap for black women is even larger than $0.61 for every $1 made by white non-Hispanic men. For example, in Louisiana, the wage gap for black women working full time is as much as $0.48 for every dollar earned by white male counterparts, according to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

 A standard 1040 form (online version) with some analog cash from a piggy bank.
Over a 40-year career, that means that black women make $946,120 less than white men, according to the National Women's Law Center.WILL & DENI MCINTYRE/CONTRIBUTOR/ GETTY IMAGES

When controlling for factors such as education and experience, which can affect pay, U.S. women make $0.98 for every dollar a man makes.

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