Black women celebs bring attention to #BlackWomensEqualPay day

Celebrities from tennis star Serena Williams to rapper Remy Ma voiced their support of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on social media Monday.

The day, which fell on July 31 this year, marks the point at which black women who worked all of 2016 and up until Monday, finally earned the same amount as their white male counterparts made in 2016.

That’s because for every dollar a white man makes, black women, on average, earn just 63 cents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

In comparison, Equal Pay Day for women overall was April 4, representing the 79 cents to the dollar that females, on average, make compared to men.

Williams, who rocked a “Phenomenal Woman” shirt over her baby bump, posted about the day on Instagram, writing, “Black women are the cornerstone of our communities, they are phenomenal, and they deserve equal pay.”

Remy Ma and actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae posted similar statements, all wearing the same gray “Phenomenal Woman” shirt as Williams. The t-shirts were made by the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which sells them and donates proceeds to various organizations including Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List.

Senator Kamala Harris, from California, tweeted, “This is about families — eight out of every ten Black mothers are their family’s breadwinner. They deserve fair pay. #BlackWomensEqualPay.”

The wage gap for other women of color varies. Equal Pay Day in 2017 for Asian American Women (who earn 85 cents to the dollar that men make) was Mar. 7; for Native American women (59 cents to the dollar), it’s Sept. 25; and for Hispanic women (56 cents to the dollar), it’s Nov. 2.

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