Columbus recognizes Aug. 7 as ‘Black Women’s Equal Pay Day’


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The City of Columbus is recognizing August 7th as “Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.”

It represents the amount of time African-American women must work into the following year to earn what a man earned the previous year. 

“It takes black women seven additional months to make the same amount of money that a man will earn in the previous year,” said president and CEO of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Barb Smoot. “We’re here to acknowledge that the City of Columbus is actively working to close that gap.”

She said more than 140 businesses in Columbus have signed a commitment to help close the gender pay gap. On Monday, another 14 companies did the same thing.

“Who wouldn’t want their partner to make more money? Who wouldn’t want their…

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