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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in recognition of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day — a day that acknowledges the severe wage inequity experienced by Black women in the United States and marks how many days into the new year a Black woman must work to earn the same as non-Hispanic white men earned in the previous year. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Today serves as a necessary reminder of the work we must do to ensure that Black women in this country are paid their due. It is unconscionable that in 2023, Black women are paid just 64 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men. At EMILYs List, we are proud to endorse powerful, Democratic pro-choice women committed to eradicating such injustice and building a more equitable economic landscape. It is essential that we elect leaders that will champion marginalized voices and strive to close the wage gap.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.