1000 Women Strong will be recognizing and supporting the national Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, August 3, 2012.
By hosting a regional town hall meeting at 6 pm (CDT) that opens the discussion about Black women’s equality and student loan debt.
Our panelists will exchange views on their prospective journey with student loan debt and how the pay gap has affected them with their trajectory on student loan debt.
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day was created to spread awareness about the gap in pay between other races.
It takes the average Black woman, working full-time year-round, an extra eight months to earn what the average white non-Hispanic man earns in one year.
Through the years, Black women have been in the forefront of continuing education and the ones being the most burden about student loans and the least paid in amount for wages.
As a supporter of 1K Women Strong’s “Cancel Student Loan Debt: Build Black Women’s Futures” campaign, Dr. Waajida Small spoke about how she had to go back to school to get her doctorate to level the playing field. “I had to get my masters and my Ph.D to compete with the individual who went to a similar school, similar levels of experience, but they might already have more wealth than I do,” said Small in a recent news story with ABC News.
In research studies, Black women carry the highest student loan debt of any racial or ethnic group. The average Black woman leaves college with at least $34,000 in debt.
Canceling student debt can help solve those problems and close the racial wealth gap by more than 20 percent – securing financial stability and economic mobility for Black, Latinx, and other people of color who are disproportionately burdened by loans, while addressing the debt crisis for millions.
To be involved in our petition: click here to sign. To register for the town hall go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PalQHT6rR1GHcOrGoZb7DA