Black Women In DC Wage Gap

Washington, D.C. (Thursday, July 30, 2020) – It’s probably not something that surprises most Black women.  It’s a reality many see daily.  But a break down of the new numbers on the wage gap between Black women and White men is eye-opening.

A new report by the National Women’s Law Center finds that in the District of Columbia Black women make 51 cents for every dollar a White man makes.  That amounts to a nearly $2 million wage gap over a 40-year career for a Black woman in DC.  According to the report, a Black woman would need to work until she is 98 to make what a White man makes by age 60.

The new report comes just days before what is known as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which is August 13th 2020.  That marks the date for Black women’s 2019 pay to catch up with what White men made by December 2019.