Closing the Pay Gap for Black Women

-Presented by Equal Rights Advocates, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, LA Community Colleges, and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, this Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Interactive Panel Discussion aired on August 25, 2021.

- Welcome from the First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom
- Deputy Labor Commissioner Sherri Bell
- Equal Rights Advocates Senior Counsel for Workplace Justice and Public Policy Jessica Ramey Stender
- California Commission on Women and Girls Chair Lauren Babb
- Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Nichelle Henderson

Background: California has some of the strongest equal pay laws in the country, yet Black women still earn just 63 cents for every dollar a white man earns. These gaps create staggering financial losses: Black women lose a median of $24,110 each year because of the wage gap – that adds up to nearly 1 million dollars over a lifetime! These are dollars that could help pay for basic necessities at a time when women have lost 5.4 million jobs nationwide. Black women face a significant wage gap, and the COVID 19 crisis served only to exacerbate existing inequities.

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