For Immediate Release
August 7, 2018
EMILYs List Recognizes Black Women's Equal Pay Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List released the following statement on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. This date marks how far into the year African American women must work to earn what white, non-Hispanic men earned in the previous year for the same work. Black women earn only $0.63 for every dollar a white, non-Hispanic man makes. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:
“America may have been founded on the promise of equality, but the reality is that Black women face incredible injustice in this country — including in the workplace. You wouldn't know it if you talked to Republicans — who would rather roll back workplace protections, pass tax breaks for the wealthy, and maintain a devastating, self-serving status quo than work to make life better for their fellow Americans. No one should have to work into August to make what a white, non-Hispanic man earned by the end of the previous December. EMILY's List is proud to stand with Black women as they fight this inequity, including candidates like Stacey Abrams, Lauren Underwood, and Lucy McBath. With them in power, we can help set this right.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.