Raleigh, NC (4/10/18)National Black Worker Center Project (NBWCP) Executive Director, Tanya Wallace-Gobern released the following statement in observation of Equal Pay Day:
“Equal Pay Day marks a day of reflection on the economic injustices caused by racist and gender-biased wage gaps in the United States. By far, African American women have been hurt most by this systemic inequity that adds to a multi-dimensional job crisis that includes unemployment and low-wage work.
“It is unacceptable that Black women working full time in the U.S. are paid just 63 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counter parts.
“Pay discrimination against Black women, in addition to being locked in a cycle of lower paying jobs, is another way to shut Black women out of upward economic mobility. This type of discrimination feeds the mischaracterization of Black women workers as outside the mainstream, lazy and indifferent, and unpolished in the workplace without recognizing our contributions.
“On this Equal Pay Day, we must demand equal pay for equal work for Black women or face the risk of our peers falling further behind in an already racialized system. Black women cannot afford to fall further behind. The time for equal pay is now.”