Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day that marks the point in the year at which women's earnings will finally “catch up” to what men earned in the previous year alone. This year, April 2nd signified how far women collectively needed to work into 2019 to catch up to what men were paid in 2018. Because black women face an even larger wage gap, they need to work until August 22, 2019, to match what men earned the previous year, representing a 39% pay gap. Regardless of their occupation, level of education, or years of experience, black women are still paid less. The time for change is now.
On Black Women's Equal Pay Day, The Riveter is partnering with The Women's Foundation of Colorado and area leaders to draw attention to pay equity for black women at work. Join us to hear from black women at the top of their fields share why closing the pay gap is important to them, how they advocate for their own career advancement, and what concrete steps individuals, managers and decision makers can take to implement the necessary changes to close this gap. We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 22 to honor black entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and advocates leading in their careers and the charge for equal pay.
All women and their advocates (including men and gender nonconforming individuals) and allies are encouraged to attend and support this cause. We invite individuals, managers and decision-makers to attend.
Lauren Casteel - President/CEO of The Women's Foundation of Colorado
Representative Janet Buckner- Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
Kim Desmond - Director, Denver Office of Equity and Social Innovation, Race and Social Justice Initiative