On average, Black women are currently paid 63 cents for every $1 paid to a non-Hispanic white man, according to 2020 U.S. Census data as reported by the National Partnership for Women and Children.
For a Black woman working full time, this amounts to a median wage gap of $24,110 a year, and close to a million dollars a year over a 40-year career. Some groups calculate that a Black woman will have to work an extra 145 days—or a 510-day year—to reach parity.
Shannon Williams, director of Equal Pay Today, offered three clear action steps.
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