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September 21, 2022: Black Women's Equal Pay Day

WHEREAS, Black women must work more than 9 months into a new year to make the same amount as their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts were paid in the previous year; and,

WHEREAS, according to the National Women’s Law Center, women overall working full-time, year-round are typically paid only 82 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts; and,

WHEREAS, more than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in Michigan continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay, with even greater disparities across race and ethnicity; and,

WHEREAS, the average Black woman in the United States who works full-time, year-round is typically paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men; and,

WHEREAS, this disparity has only closed by three cents over the last thirty years, which means that Black women are not projected to reach equal pay until the year 2130; and,

WHEREAS, the wage gap adds up to a typical loss of $24,110 a year and a staggering loss of $964,400 over a 40-year career; and,

WHEREAS, women continue to experience a pervasive wage gap with real consequences for their families, communities, and our nation; and,

WHEREAS, these lost wages mean that Black women and their families have less money to support themselves and their families, save and invest for the future, and spend on goods and services. Families, businesses, and the economy suffer as a result; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we raise awareness of the need to institute fair pay policies which will allow us to achieve pay equity across the board for all women;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2022, as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in Michigan.