Serena Williams pens moving essay for Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Economic Policy Institute

"This is an unacceptable and deliberate attack on women in the workplace, especially Black and Hispanic women who are now paid only 63 cents and 54 cents to the dollar white men are paid, respectively", Tracy Sturdivant, executive director at Make It Work, said in a statement.

"And what particularly rankles me is that this pay gap continues even though Black women are doing everything that we associate with economic success", Jarrett wrote. When thinking about this inequality, I can't help reflect on how the media impacts the way we view Black Women and their contributions to the workforce - namely, the lack of representation of Black women in professional roles in movies. We need a new generation of leaders who are ready to fight tooth and nail for policy changes like the Paycheck Fairness Act, a higher minimum wage - which black women are disproportionately likely to earn - and paid leave time. African-American women may struggle to earn more because they don't have access to the same networks of higher paying jobs as white men.

Williams is no stranger to the pay gap. Even black women who have earned graduate degrees get paid less at every level.

As an athlete, entrepreneur, and African-American woman, Williams wants to share her perspective to help create a more inclusive environment in this male-dominated industry. The disparity means the average woman of color has to work eight months longer to earn the same amount their male counterpart does in a year. The average woman makes around 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, and the gap widens when categorized by race.

Black women earn 17% less than white female counterparts, she wrote.

Venus and Serena Williams, two of the sport's most prominent athletes, have pledged to donate $1 million toward the 26-court complex and museum that will be built at Miramar Regional Park.

Jarrett continued, "I know these women".

Williams admitted that she is "in the rare position to be financially successful beyond my imagination", but said her career hasn't been easy. Williams' last match was the 2017 Australian Open, where she won the title.

Williams, who will soon give birth to her first child, said this wasn't the first time she's had to be a voice for issues like gender inequality.

Williams leaves her fellow women of color with words of encouragement. The Cut writer Dayna Evans offers a multi-pronged solution that doesn't merely place the onus on bosses.

In an address to liberal activists of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Warren said that she is continually reminded on Capitol Hill that she needs to push equal pay.

He said: "If she played the men's circuit she'd be like 700 in the world". We deserve equal pay for our mothers, our wives, our daughters, our nieces, friends, and colleagues-but mostly, for ourselves. Those men are fighting for us, too, right?

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