How racism compounds the gender pay gap
Today marks the date that Black women have to work in 2020 to catch up to what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2019.
America just saw a Black and South Asian woman nominated to be one heartbeat away from being the most powerful person on the planet, yet Black women earn an estimated $946,120 less than white, non-Hispanic men over the course of a 40-year career. This gap is absolutely unacceptable and undermines the economic stability of families. We must and can do better.
We need equal opportunity for every Californian to combat the systemic racism Black women face every single day.
Women and people of color are paid less, given fewer chances for admission to our state’s colleges and universities, and are denied the same opportunities for jobs and promotions as white men. We are also denied access to lucrative government contracts which is a way for us to achieve financial independence.
Prop 16 works to level the playing field by allowing the state to consider race and gender — without quotas — when making decisions about state contracts, hiring, and education.
When the system is rigged against some, all of us fall behind. Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is a reminder that the gender wage gap is compounded by racism — and it’s why we need to say Yes on Prop 16 to fight back.
Co-Chair, Yes on 16, Opportunity for All Coalition