Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is August 7, which marks the day a Black woman’s average salary catches up to a White man’s average salary from last year. In other words: A Black woman has to work 7 months and 7 days more than a white man to earn the same salary.
This means that on average, Black women are paid 38% less than White men. A wage gap this wide has far-reaching effects on Black women, their families, and their career earning potential.
If we closed this wage gap for Black women…
- The average Black woman would earn over $870,000 more in the course of her career.
At Lyft, we’re driving to close the wage gap. In March, we announced our commitment to equal pay with an annual audit to confirm that there are no unexplained pay gaps based on gender or race at Lyft.
So we’re teaming up again with LeanIn.Org to support the #38PercentCounts campaign — this is the second of three 2018 public awareness efforts from LeanIn.org, each rooted in the fact that equal pay matters. On Latina Equal Pay Day on November 1, we’ll launch our third effort to raise awareness of the 46% pay gap Latinas face.
On August 7, you’ll see Black Women's Equal Pay Day messaging on your ride receipts to raise awareness of this income inequality. To drive home the realities of this disparity, we’ll also ask our passengers to think about the impact of ending their rides early (with 38% of the way still left to go).
To learn more about #38PercentCounts and to show your support, head over to leanin.org/lyft.