August 22nd is Black Women's Equal Pay Day
Today's tip of the day does not tackle a branding issue, but a humanitarian one. It's time (way past time) to GIVE BLACK WOMEN EQUAL PAY.
According to the Equal Pay Today organization, @EqualPay2dayorg, "80% of Black mothers are the primary or sole breadwinners of their households. They're paid only $.61 per $1.00 paid to white, non-Hispanic men."
August 22 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day, and it represents "the approximate day a Black woman must work into the new year to make what a white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year."
We know that there needs to be a more significant effort at the policymaking level, but changes can also be implemented at the micro-level. Heads of human resources, hiring agencies, recruiters, CFOs, employers, business owners, and investors are the people who hold positions of leadership and influence. They can make a direct impact on these statistics.
It starts with us. We, as leaders in our communities, don't have to wait for the Department of Labor to issue a mandatory policy to enact change. Instead, we CAN choose to go against the grain and rise to the occasion because we WANT TO make a difference.
Another example of how we can slowly enact change in our community:
Next time you get a quote from a black woman owned-business, if it doesn't fall within your budget, perhaps see if you can shave off some of the services you need and prioritize the most important things they could do for you. If you can not come to a place that feels good for both of you, simply say "thank you for your time" and inquire with another company. BUT PLEASE refrain from asking for a discounted rate. However innocent this request may seem to you, it puts that woman in the position to make a choice that can have an impact on the financial sustainability of her business, and ultimately her career and her family.
It truly starts with us and how we treat and invest in others.
With that said, we want to leave you with one of our favorite quotes:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
If you've experienced unequal pay, send us your story or comment below and help us bring awareness around this issue. Your voice matters! Your pay matters!