In case you weren't aware, today is Equal Pay Day. Basically, Equal Pay Day is the day that represents how far into the new year women theoretically have to work in order to earn the same amount of money that men earned the previous year. It exists to symbolize the gender wage gap and bring awareness to the fact that women are still getting paid less than men, in twenty-freaking-seventeen. But, unfortunately, the pay gap is even greater for women of color. So, when is Equal Pay Day for minority women? Well, it depends on a variety of factors, including ethnicities, race, and more. But, basically, any Equal Pay Day for most minority women will be much later in the year than the original date.
In a 2016 study by Pew Research Center, it was discovered that, while all women lag behind white men in the pay gap, "white and Asian women have narrowed the wage gap with white men to a much greater degree than black and Hispanic women." So, just how much less are minority women making than their white female and male counterparts? The answer is upsetting, yes, but also important to fully uncover in the journey to equality for all.