For Immediate Release
August 3, 2021
EMILYs List Recognizes Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recognized Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day to which the average Black woman must work into 2021 for her earnings to equal the earnings of the average white man in 2020. Emily Cain, the executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Black Women’s Equal Pay day is a striking reminder of how much work we still have to do to achieve equal pay for Black women in America. Earning only 63 cents to the average white man’s dollar, it would take over seven additional months of work for Black women to catch up to what white men were paid in 2020. This is unacceptable and has to change. EMILYs List is proud to support Democratic pro-choice women who bring their voices to the table and push for legislation that will end the racist and sexist systems that devalue the work of Black women in the United States.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.