August 13th, 2020 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
This event marks the approximate date each year to which Black women must work to earn what non-Hispanic white males made the year before. It’s not as simple as “leaning in” for us. We’ve done that for years. We’ve armed ourselves with the education, experience, and energy to break glass ceilings and now it’s time our pay and growth track in our careers reflect as much—no excuses, no delays, no holds barred.
“It is not female egotism to say that the future of mankind may very well be ours to determine. It is a fact.”– Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed
Black women make about 62 cents on the dollar for our labor and while we’ve gotten by, why should we continue to just get by? Equal pay for Black women is long overdue and so is a fuller definition of what it actually means.
If you’re done playing by rules that were never meant to benefit us, you’ll want to check out these 7 rules from 7 boss Black women on what it takes to demand your worth both in pay and advancement at work. From interning like a boss to investing like one, these women have dropped gems you’ll be glad we mined for you.
Happy Black Women’s Equal Pay Day!
To hear a full Black Women’s Equal Pay Day compilation episode featuring Minda Harts, Juliette Jones, Lauren Simmons, Sherrell Dorsey, Arian Simone, Arlan Hamilton, and Dia Simms – listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or anywhere you get your podcasts.
“Other employees on the trading floor would say. ‘Oh, you’re supposed to start from the bottom.’ Which I agree, but then I don’t because I think people should be worth their time. But ultimately I told them, ‘You’re not even paying me minimum wage.’ And they were able to hike it up to $23,000. And that is how much I was making on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. I don’t think interns should not be paid. I do think people should be worth their time that they’re putting in.”
“We make up less than a percent of the venture capital industry, not even just on the investment side. On the investor side, we need more African-American female investors in order to have more African-American female investments.. 2 percent of African-Americans [are investors] and of that, females are less than that. For those who are in the space, and they are looking to get into space, please even- feel free to email us like please connect. It’s so important that we stick together on this.”
“I was interviewed for a chief of staff role. He called me back and said, “Look, we’d like to hire you, but you have not managed really large teams before. Would you be willing to come on as an executive assistant?” I was like, “You can call me the janitor. This is how much money I need to make and I’ll be there tomorrow. Sometimes I think you’ve got to be willing to take a step back to take a step forward. I was like, ‘Look, this is a guy who I can learn from.’ And all my life is about in the pursuit of how much can I learn? Who can I learn from? And for me that was actually invaluable.”