To commemorate Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – the day that marks how much longer it takes for the average Black woman to earn as much as a white man – DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, DNC Women’s Caucus Chair Lottie Shackelford, and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement:
“The value of Black women’s contributions to American life, our economy, and our country’s achievements are impossible to ignore. But despite being among the highest educated, most innovative, and entrepreneurial among us, Black women are still paid 37% less than white men and more than 20% less than white women. This disparity must end.
“The Democratic Party believes in equal pay for equal work. Building out an equitable recovery from the pandemic and its impacts is critical for Black women and their families, and the American Rescue Plan has already begun providing some relief to millions of Black women—by providing much needed support to small businesses, helping schools to safely reopen, getting Americans vaccinated, and putting dollars in the pockets of families to address immediate needs through the expanded child tax credit. Through the Build Back Better agenda and other legislative efforts, Democrats will continue to fight to make equal pay for equal work a reality for Black women across the country.”