- July 31 was Black Women's Pay Day
- Women have to work an extra seven months in 2017 to get the same pay as men got in 2016
- Serena Williams has called for equal pay in a powerful essay
Tennis star Serena Williams has penned a powerful essay calling for black women to paid equally as their male counterparts.
Writing in the Fortune Magazine, Serena said that for every dollar a man makes, black women make only 63 cents.
She added that in order to make the same amount their white male counterparts make in 12 months, black women would have to work a total of 19 months.
This equates to an extra seven months of basically free labor, she said. She thus called attention to July 31, which marks the end of the seven extra months, as Black Women's Pay Day.
The grand slam champion wrote: "Unfair pay has prevailed for far too long with no consequence. Through decades of systematic oppression, Black women have been conditioned to think they are less than."
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