African American women who work full time, year round are typically paid $19,399 less per year than their white male counterparts. This means African American women have to work nearly 19 months — until almost the end of July — to make as much as white men did in the previous year alone. That makes today African American women’s equal pay day — the day that African American women are finally catching up to white men’s pay, 208 days into the year.

Here are four key facts you need to know:

  • African American women typically make just 64 cents for every dollar white men make.
  • Based on today’s wage gap, over the course of a 40-year career, African American women would typically lose nearly $776,000 to the wage gap — this means African American women would have to work almost 63 years to earn what white men earn in 40 years.
  • The wage gap persists across occupations and even in low-wage occupations that typically pay $10.50 per hour or less, African American women still experience a wage gap, making only 73 cents for every dollar white men make.
  • African American women with high levels of education still experience a wage gap — African American women with only a bachelor’s degree typically make $45,000 per year — only about $2,630 more than white men with only a high school degree ($1.06 for every dollar).

African American Women's Wage Equality by Educational Attainment

Notes: All figures are for full time, year round workers. Figures for whites exclude Hispanics.

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