Black Women's Equal Pay Day Isn't A Celebration. It's a Call to Action

September 21 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day the average Black woman in America will finally—after nine extra months of work—catch up to the pay the average white man

received in 2021. I long for the day when everyone in our economy is thriving because it is just, fair and equitable. Imagine an economy that values gender parity and

fosters control and influence from those who have been historically marginalized, particularly Black women. That economy would be inclusive, strong, and beneficial for everyone.

Sadly, today is not that day. An economy influenced by racial capitalism and the pandemic causes inequity to persist and deepen for women of color. On Black Women’s Equal

Pay Day we commemorate systemic gender inequity faced by Black women not to establish average white male salary as the norm, but to call out the injustice in our economy—and move

us to fix it. And there is a lot to fix. As the overall gender pay gap shrank this year, Black women—as well as Native and Latina women, whose 2022 Equal Pay Days occur in

November and December, respectively—fell further behind. Measure this against the backdrop of what’s happening in the broader economy today, and the picture gets even

worse. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have the U.S. on the precipice of a recession—average Americans feel the burden of inflation, price gouging, and rising rent and

mortgage costs while the top 1% benefit from unprecedented corporate profits.