Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2017
Sample Tweets


Monday, July 31, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm ET (1:00 pm CT, 12:00 Noon MT, 11:00 AM PT)



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Save the Date/Promo Tweets

Equal Pay Today!:
Save the Date for #BlackWomensEqualPay Day on Mon, July 31st. Join us in fighting for #equalpay for #BlackWomenatWork!

RT Save the Date for #BlackWomensEqualPay Day on Mon, July 31st. Join the movement @! #BlackWomenatWork  

Join us 4 #BlackWomensEqualPay Day Twitter Storm today @ 2-3 pm ET. What does equality@work mean 2 you?

SAVE THE DATE: July 31st is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day! Join us for a tweetstorm at 2pm ET to make some noise for #EqualPay! 

July 31st is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day because Black women are typically paid just 63¢ compared to white men 😡 😡  Tweet with us at 2pmET!

FACT: women of color are hit hardest by the #wagegap. July 31st is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day – Join us for a tweetstorm at 2pmET on 7/31!

General Stats on the Wage Gap

Black women experience a wage gap at every education level. The #WageGap is not a myth. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women need #EqualPay. 63¢ to every dollar made by White men is not enough. #BlackWomensEqualPay

A Black woman would have to work 83 years(!) to get paid what a white man makes in 60 years. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women have to work ALL of 2016 + an extra 212 days in 2017 (until today!) to earn what white men earned in 2016. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Today's #wagegap for Black women results in a $840,040 lifetime income loss. This must end! #BlackWomensEqualPay

For Black women, working harder hasn’t meant getting farther: #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women are now the most educated group in the US, but face one of the worst wage gaps #BlackWomensEqualPay

If the #WageGap were eliminated, a Black woman would be able to afford 155 more weeks of food for her family each year! #BlackWomensEqualPay

Wow! If Black women had #equalpay, they would be able to afford 30 MORE MONTHS of childcare each year. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Mind the gap: The wage gap translates into an average *annual* loss of $21,000 for Black women. #BlackWomensEqualPay

With #EqualPay, Black women could afford ~22 more months of rent/yr. Amidst affordable housing crisis, it's a big deal! #BlackWomensEqualPay

Simply ridiculous: Black women would have to work almost 66 years to earn what White men earn in 40 years. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Unequal pay leaves many Black families and women without a ladder to economic security. #BlackWomensEqualPay

We often hear “80¢ to a man's $1” when talking about the #wagegap, but it’s much larger for #WOC in particular. We won’t wait for #BlackWomensEqualPay! 

National Partnership for Women & Families: 

Disgraceful! Black women who work full time are paid just 63¢ for every $1 paid to white men. #BlackWomensEqualPay

#Fairpay is central to #economicjustice. Economic justice is central to #reprojustice. We must end wage discrimination. #BlackWomensEqualPay


Black working families deserve #equalpay. Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act! #BlackWomenEqualPay #BlackLivesMatter #Slay4EqualPay

African-American women make just 63 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts #BlackWomenEqualPay #EqualPay

Today is the day a black woman would finally make what her white male counterpart made by December last year #BlackWomenEqualPay

#BlackWomenEqualPay Day is not right and it’s not okay. #EqualPay #63cents
African-American women make just 63 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts #BlackWomenEqualPay #EqualPay

68% of black households are headed by women. Wage disparity based on gender and race hurts families and communities. #BlackWomenEqualPay

National Domestic Workers Alliance

More than 60% Black women are in the workforce, but their earnings lag behind most women’s & men’s earnings in the U.S. #BlackWomenEqualPay

Raising the minimum wage can improve Black women’s earnings, reduce poverty & gender/racial earnings inequality. #BlackWomenEqualPay

Workforce development programs that recruit & train Black women in specific skills can help access to career ladders #BlackWomenEqualPay 


In 2017, Black women still need to work 19 months to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in 12. That's not #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women have to work nearly 8 additional months to make the same amount white men make in 1 year. It's time for  #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women lose $21,001 a year[RM1]  to the wage gap. No #BlackWomensEqualPay hurts women and their families.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Black women will wait 68 yrs longer than white women to get equal pay if current trends cont. #BlackWomensEqualPay

107 years it too long for Black women to wait for equal pay. #BlackWomensEqualPay 

More than 4 generations of Black women will still suffer wage gap if current trends continue #BlackWomensEqualPay 


The Pay Gap for Black Women is Unacceptable, via @YP4’s @THECiciBattle in @Cosmopolitan #BlackWomensEqualPay
We need elected leaders who will fight to close the pay gap for Black women, writes @THECiciBattle in @Cosmopolitan.

What Does Equality @ Work Mean to You? 

Equal Pay Today!
RT On 7/31 #BlackWomensEqualPay Day at 2-3 pm ET, shout what equality @ work means to you and print, complete & share a selfie w this sign. 


Today is #BlackWomenEqualPay. This wage discrepancy between black women and their white counterpart is unacceptable.  #Slay4EqualPay
What does #equality at work look like for African-American women? #EqualPay and paycheck fairness #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay
What does #equality at work mean to #African-American families? #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay
What does equality at work mean to black women? #BlackWomenEqualPay #PayASister #Slay4EqualPay #Slay4EqualPay
Fight for Equal Pay! @laborproject #BlackWomenEqualPay #63cents @LaborProject #EqualPay  #Slay4EqualPay

Lean In
Join the movement for #BlackWomensEqualPay and host a workplace #leaninwomenofcolor #equalpay

Just as we did with our partners at P&G, hold a workplace discussion for #EqualPay #leaninwomenofcolor

#leaninwomenofcolor challenges issues on diversity & inclusion to promote #EqualPay. Hold a workplace discussion

Pay Data Collection

  Supporting #BlackWomensEqualPay means supporting EEO-1 pay data collection to help uncover discrimination! (insert graphic)
 Tell @HerreraBeutler @RepMarthaRoby @RepKayGranger @RepCharlieDent: EEO-1 pay data collection's essential to achieve #BlackWomensEqualPay!

Paycheck Fairness Act

Here’s our 2¢ on the 37¢ #wagegap facing Black women: It’s outrageous & we must push for #BlackWomensEqualPay w/ the Paycheck Fairness Act!

National Partnership for Women & Families: 
We can't afford to wait. It's past time for #fairpay! Learn about the #PaycheckFairness Act: #BlackWomensEqualPay


Paycheck fairness isn’t just a problem for women; it’s also a problem for families. #BlackWomenEqualPay #poverty #63cents #Slay4EqualPay
Black working families deserve #equalpay. Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act! #BlackWomenEqualPay #BlackLivesMatter #Slay4EqualPay
What does #equality at work look like for African-American women? #EqualPay and paycheck fairness #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay

 #PaycheckFairness protects Black women who experience sexism AND racism. #BlackWomensEqualPay 

Minimum Wage/Wage Theft

43 percent of working Black women would receive a raise if we #raisethewage to $15/hr by 2024. #BlackWomensEqualPay
 Black women often occupy low wage jobs that pay less than $10 an hour—when we #raisethewage, we get one step closer to #BlackWomensEqualPay

Paid Leave

Tools for achieving #BlackWomensEqualPay: #paidsickdays ✨ #paidleave ✨ #PWFA ✨ #raisethewage ✨ #healthcare ✨  and affordable #childcare! ✨  

Too many black women are working without #equalpay or #paidleave. Our nation can do better by our workers #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay

Intersection of Race and Gender

Because #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackWomensEqualPay is central to racial & economic justice!

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Audre Lorde #BlackLivesMatter #BlackWomensEqualPay

We can't talk about #BlackWomensEqualPay without talking about #BlackLivesMatter. Low-wages & poverty are perpetuated by racism.

We must hold space for discussion about anti-Black racism when we talk about #BlackWomensEqualPay. 

National Domestic Workers Alliance: 
Placing Black women’s experiences @ forefront of policy = addressing barriers to prosperity #BlackWomenEqualPay
Black domestic workers vulnerable - discrimination disempowers very people who power our economy #BlackWomenEqualPay
It's time for agenda that puts Black women at the center, for the sake of all of us #BlackWomenEqualPay
When Black women succeed, all women succeed #BlackWomenEqualPay
As a country, we need to work harder for Black women working hard for us #BlackWomenEqualPay


Black moms are up against racism, sexism, AND the maternal wage gap, making just 51¢ for every $1 paid to white dads. #BlackWomensEqualPay

All hardworking women & moms should to be paid equally and recognized for their contribution to the national economy! #BlackWomensEqualPay

More than 50% of Black mothers bring in 1/2 or more of their families' income. We need #BlackWomensEqualPay!

“Why not pay a mother like we would pay a man?” - Rachel Bryan, a journeyman electrician @IBEW #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay
The pay gap is greater for mothers and women of color. #BlackWomenEqualPay #63cents #Slay4EqualPay

National Domestic Workers Alliance:
Black families depend on Black women’s earnings. Over 80% of Black mothers are breadwinners #BlackWomenEqualPay


The union difference for #women? Fair pay, better benefits #EqualPayDay #63cents #BlackWomenEqualPay
Black union women earn an average of $21.90 an hour, nonunion women earn $17.04. Unions close the wage gap. #BlackWomenEqualPay
Know the best pay equalizer? A union membership card. Collective action raises wages. #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay
Collective bargaining raises wages, esp for women and people of color. We are stronger together. #BlackWomenEqualPay #Slay4EqualPay

Unions close the wage gap. Black union women earn more than nonunion conunterparts #StatusOfBlackWomen @IWPR @DomesticWorkers
Union membership opens doors to leadership opportunities and economic power for black women #StatusOfBlackWomen @IWPR @DomesticWorkers
The union advantage for black women: increased access to retirement security #StatusOfBlackWomen @IWPR @DomesticWorkers
The union difference for black women? Fair pay and a voice on the job. #StatusOfBlackWomen #BlackWomensEqualPay
Black working mothers want paid leave and fairness in scheduling work hours. #StatusOfBlackWomen #BlackWomensEqualPay
We can’t afford to wait. We must act now to ensure equal pay for women of color. #BlackWomensEqualPay #StatusOfBlackWomen
Black women cannot wait until 2124 for the wage gap to close. #EqualPayNow #StatusOfBlackWomen  
Only when black women get a raise can their families thrive. Women agree: #EqualPay is overdue. #StatusOfBlackWomen
Black women are the financial decision makers & breadwinners. #EqualPay for women is crucial to the entire family #StatusOfBlackWomen
Black working women are stretched thin. Doing more for less pay must end today. #StatusOfBlackWomen
Women need a greater say in laws that impact their lives. Demand #equalpay for equal work & paid family leave #StatusOfBlackWomen
Black women overwhelmingly support equal pay. And they vote. #StatusOfBlackWomen

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Black women in unions almost 30% more likely to have pension plan than nonunion counterparts #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black women in unions are more likely to have health insurance than nonunion counterparts #BlackWomensEqualPay
Black women in unions make on average $198/week more than their nonunion counterparts #BlackWomensEqualPay 


40% of Black female-headed households are in poverty. We need #BlackWomensEqualPay & to halt mass incarceration & school-to-prison pipeline.

National Partnership for Women & Families: 
If there were no #wagegap, a Black woman would have enough money for 22 more months of rent. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Paycheck fairness isn’t just a problem for women; it’s also a problem for families. #BlackWomenEqualPay #poverty #63cents #Slay4EqualPay
Pay disparity keeps black families in poverty #BlackWomenEqualPay #blacklivesmatter #EqualPay #63cents #Slay4EqualPay

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Black women experience poverty at higher rates than all other racial/ethnic groups except Native American women. #BlackWomenEqualPay 

 Black women make up only 2.7% of workers in high wage jobs, but 10% of workers in low wage jobs. We need #BlackWomensEqualPay NOW.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Black women saw one of the largest decline in wages over last decade #BlackWomensEqualPay

Recession and economic recovery had particularly detrimental impact on Black women's wages #BlackWomensEqualPay
Raising min wage would increase earnings and economic security of Black women in low wage jobs #BlackWomensEqualPay

Health and Reproductive Rights

Without #EqualPay, Black women's access to healthcare, housing, education, and healthy food takes a dive. #BlackWomensEqualPay

National Partnership for Women & Families:
Without #fairpay, it's harder for Black women to access #reprohealth care when deciding if/when/how to start a family. #BlackWomensEqualPay
Without the #wagegap, a Black woman would have money for 2.5 more years of #childcare or 155 more weeks of groceries. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Criminal Justice Reform

We can’t talk about #BlackWomensEqualPay w/o talking about how mass incarceration has a deep & lasting effect on family economic security. 

From #EqualPay to police violence, #BlackLivesMatter and we must address how sexism & racism interact. #SayHerName #BlackWomensEqualPay

This #BlackWomensEqualPay Day let's talk about the harsh discipline Black girls face & the school-to-prison pipeline 

Party due to mass incarceration, Black moms are uniquely central to the economic well-being of their families. #BlackWomensEqualPay matters.

National Domestic Workers Alliance: 
Criminal justice reform can improve the lives of countless black women affected directly or indirectly by incarceration #BlackWomenEqualPay

General Employment Discrimination (incl. Disparate treatment/impact and hiring/promotion/harassment) 

Equal Pay Today!
Discrim isn’t the only contributing factor 2 the #wagegap, but it's still a factor in hiring/promotion/raises. #BlackWomensEqualPay


The combination of unequal pay, transphobia & structural racism is especially devastating to trans people of color. #BlackWomensEqualPay

To combat economic insecurity among #LGBTQ families, we need #paidsickdays, #paidleave,  & #BlackWomensEqualPay! 

#PaidLeave for #LGBTQ moms is a key part of attaining #LGBTQ #BlackWomensEqualPay. It's 2017 and we’re ready for the FAMILY Act!

#Trans folks are nearly four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 than the general population. #BlackWomensEqualPay 

Black lesbian women make less than men, regardless of their sexual orientation. #BlackWomensEqualPay

Black & Latina #LGBTQ women are more likely to be living in poverty & raising kids than their white counterparts. #BlackWomensEqualPay 

On top of discrimination, many Black #LGBTQ women face unequal pay and sexual harassment in the workplace. #BlackWomensEqualPay

A study found that the earnings of #transgender women fall by nearly 1/3 after transition. #BlackWomensEqualPay


The same forces that deny black lesbians and #BlackWomenEqualPay also deny workers #PaidLeave and #PaidSickDays. #OurFamiliesCount
Queer Black women are victims of UNequal pay.  It’s time for change.  #BlackWomenEqualPay #OurFamiliesCount

Government and Policy

National Domestic Workers Alliance
Black women remain underrepresented at every level of federal and state political office in the United States #BlackWomenEqualPay
In 2014, Black women composed 6.4% of U.S., but as of August 2016 held only 3.4% seats in Congress & no seats in Senate #BlackWomenEqualPay
Black women in political office helps ensure issues affecting women, families & ppl of color are addressed #BlackWomenEqualPay