American tennis star Sloane Stephens took to social media to voice her thoughts on the occasion of Black Women's Equal Pay Day.
September 21 marks Black Women's Equal Pay Day, the day on which the median earnings of a working black woman will have caught up to the median 2021 annual earnings of a non-Latino white man. According to census data analyzed by the American Association of University Women, black women in 2020 were paid just 58 cents for every dollar a white man made.
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Stephens took to Instagram to speak about the occasion and also stated that the Native Women's Equal Pay Day would fall on November 30th while Latina Equal Pay Day would fall a few days later, on December 8.
"Today is #BlackWomensEqualPayDay, a date that signifies how far into the year Black Women must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic mean earned the previous year. On average, black women earn 58 cents per every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man," said Stephens.
"This wage gap equates to a difference of almost 1 million dollars over a 40-year career, according to National Women's Law Center. Last year, this day fell on August 3rd. Black Women lost 6 weeks of progress this year. Native Women's Equal Pay Day will fall on November 30th and Latina Equal Pay Day will fall on December 8.
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"I explore this topic over on my Meta Bulletin and share some tips on #salarynegotiation as well as offer some #advice to #allies for how they can help advocate for parity in their own workplaces. This date is uncomfortable to sit with, and I hope that we can take time today to reflect on how we can value the work of Black women and each contribute towards a more fair and equitable society," she concluded.