Academy Supports Black Women’s Equal Pay

08/03/2021 - The Academy supports Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on August 3, and will continue to advocate for policies that ensure equal pay for women as an important step in fostering financial and nutrition security for families.

The Academy commends U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (N.C.) for introducing a resolution in the 117th U.S. Congress commemorating Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and thanks Rep. Adams for her work on diversity appropriations and other key health and nutrition policy initiatives.

As noted in the resolution, while the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, Black women in 2021 are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. The resolution states that “if the current trends continue, on average, Black women will have to wait 100 years to achieve equal pay.”

The Academy's "Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Chronic Disease" issue brief examines socioeconomic inequities and how they contribute to racial disparities in chronic diseases. The document serves as the foundation for the Academy's policy efforts as they relate to diversity and health equity.