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Four Ways Black Women Can Fight Against Pay Inequality

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day has come and gone, being observed on August 22nd as symbolic of the amount of extra time black female professionals would have to work to earn an annual salary equivalent to that of their white male counterparts. Though we discuss hypergamy and choosing “up” within the DDS camp quite a bit, it is still important to recognize the pitfalls of unfairness that await black and brown skinned women in this world simply because we are in the skin we are in.

And, while being hypergamous at home is certainly an excellent thing to fall back on, black women should still be mindful of how to navigate around such pitfalls, ensuring that the time and effort we spend on building our careers pays off to the fullest. Here are some strategies for how black women can fight against the gender and racial pay gap: