SERENA WILLIAMS, ISSA RAE, ROS GOLD-ONWUDE, AND OTHERS PROMOTE EQUAL PAY FOR BLACK WOMEN

POSTED AUGUST 1ST, 2017 | BY CSUITEMUSIC

July 31st was Black Women's Equal Pay Day, and number of powerful and influential Black women in the community used their platforms to get the message out. The pay gap between women in general compared to men is already considerably wide. But for African-American women in particular, that gap is even wider; for every dollar a man makes, black women make 63 cents.

Serena Williams wrote a piece in Fortune in which she shares some valuable insight what women of color experience when it comes to achieving equal pay for equal work. In the article she also reveals some pretty shocking findings in a survey she did with SurveyMonkey to see how Americans think about equal pay for Black women: 

  • Sixty-nine percent of black women perceive a pay gap, while just 44% of white men recognize the issue.

  • Nearly two-thirds of black women say that major obstacles remain for women in the workplace.

  • In addition to gender, black women see obstacles to racial equality: three-quarters of black women workers say there are still significant hurdles holding back minorities.

  • Still, some black women remain optimistic: more than 43% of black millennial women believe men and women have equal opportunities for promotion.
     

Serena, and a number of other high profile Black women - including Issa Rae, Ros Gold-Onwude, Tracee Eliss Ross, and Yara Shahidi - took to their social media to promote equal pay:

Salute to all of the phenomenal Black women for using their voice to raise awareness about an issue we ALL should care about. As the caption says, Black women are the cornerstone not only to their communities, but their country as well. It is imperative that they are paid fairly and equally to their counterparts. 

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