Women’s Rights, Workers’ Rights and Racial Justice Advocates to host a #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, #DemandMore Social Media Storm TODAY, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET.

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  MEDIA ADVISORY

 Women’s Rights, Workers’ Rights and Racial Justice Advocates to host a #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, #DemandMore Social Media Storm TODAY, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET.

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 August 7, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, women’s rights, workers’ rights and racial justice advocates will host a social media storm at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT in observance of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – TODAY, Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Nationwide, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day events are being held online and in person throughout the week and in the coming weeks to raise awareness about the wage gap for Black women, its causes and its policy solutions. Our coalition will use the hashtags #BlackWomensEqualPay and #DemandMore to challenge everyone who supports equal pay for Black women and all women to demand more at work, as a consumer, and at the ballot box. Access the coalition toolkit and learn more about the gender wage gap for Black Women at www.blackwomensequalpayday.org.

WHAT:                     Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Coalition Social Media Storm

WHEN:                     TODAY, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at

2:00 - 3:00 pm ET/11:00 am - 12:00  pm PT

WHERE:                  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat using hashtags

#BlackWomensEqualPay and #DemandMore.

BACKGROUND

Each year, Equal Pay Day is held in April, but when we look at the wage gap for women of color, the gap is far greater. When compared to all men, women are paid $.80 (cents) on the $1. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women are paid only $.63 (cents) on the $1. This means the typical Black woman must work until August 2018 to be paid what the typical White man was paid at the end of December 2017. Despite being one of the most educated and civically engaged groups in America, Black women’s earnings also lag behind those of Black men and White, non-Hispanic women, underscoring the intersectional impact of gender and race on the wage gap.

There are many contributors to the wage gap, including employment discrimination, gender and race-based bias, lack of pay transparency, an inadequate minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, unfair workplace practices, lack of affordable child care, lack of quality public education system, a dismantling of organized labor, and inadequate access to capital.

On this #BlackWomensEqualPay Day, in this critical year for our nation and at this pivotal moment for democracy, Black women nationwide are demanding more for their contributions, their dollar and their vote. They are demanding tangible solutions from their employers, from the business community, and from elected officials at the local, state and federal level for addressing each of the contributors to the gap.

And as has always been the case, the beneficiary will be not only Black women and families, but all women and the American family. And so we call on everyone who supports equal pay to demand more as well.

Questions or need a contact? Email info@blackwomensequalpayday.org.

CO-SPONSORS:     As of this writing, the social media storm is co-sponsored by the following organizations. This list will be updated throughout the day at www.blackwomensequalpayday.org.

9to5 @9to5org

9to5 Wisconsin @9to5WI

A Better Balance @ABetterBalance

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas @campesinasunite

American Association of University Women @AAUW

American Civil Liberties Union @ACLU

Black Career Women's Network @bcwnetwork

Black Women's Roundtable @ncbcp_bwr

California National Organization for Women @CaliforniaNOW @canow

California Women's Law Center @CWLC_la

Catalyst @Catalystinc

Center for American Progress @CAPWomen @amprog

Chicago Foundation for Women @chifdn4women

Coalition of Labor Union Women @CLUWNational

CT Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) @PaidLeaveforCT

Demos @Demos_Org

Diversability @diversability

Equal Pay Today @equalpay2dayorg

Equal Rights Advocates @equalrightsadv

Family Values at Work @FmlyValuesWork

Feminist Majority @femmajority

Friends of the Delaware County Women's Commission @DelcoFOWC

Futures Without Violence @WithoutViolence

Gender Justice  @GenderJustice

Higher Heights for America @HigherHeights

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda @BlackwomensRJ

Institute for Women's Policy Research @IWPResearch

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)@lclaa

Labor Project for Working Families @LaborProject, @CJLaborPolicy

Lady Parts Justice League @lpjleague

Latina Circle @thelatinacircle

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law @lawyerscomm

Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights @civilrightsorg

Legal Aid at Work @Legalaidatwork

MomsRising and MamásConPoder@MomsRising @MamasConPoder

Movement Advancement Project @lgbtmap

MS Foundation @msfoundation

MS Low Income Child Care Initiative

NAACP @NAACP

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) @napawf

National Black Justice Coalition @NBJCOnTheMove

National Black Worker Center Project @nbwcp

National Center for Law and Economic Justice @nclejustice

National Committee on Pay Equity

National Council of Jewish Women @NCJW

National Domestic Workers Alliance @domesticworkers

National Employment Lawyers Association @nela_HQ

National Network to End Domestic Violence @NNEDV

National Partnership for Women & Families @NPWF

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence @nrcdv

National Urban League @@NatUrbanLeague

National Women's Law Center @nwlc

NC Justice Center@ncjustice @ncworkers

Parents Together   

People For the American Way @peoplefor

PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States @PaidLeaveUS

Planned Parenthood Federation of America @PPBlackComm

PowHer New York@PowHerNY

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law @ShriverCenter

SisterSong: National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective @sistersong_woc

Southwest Women's Law Center @swwomenslaw

State Innovation Exchange @stateinnovation

The Representation Project @RepresentPledge

UltraViolet @ultraviolet

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Women's Network @UFCW

United State of Women @USOWomen

Walker's Legacy @walkerslegacy

Women AdvaNCe @womenadvancenc

Women Employed @WomenEmployed

Women's Law Project @WomensLawProj

Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) @WRENetwork

YWCA San Francisco & Marin @ywcasfmarin

YWCA USA @YWCAUSA