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Twitter and well, Black Twitter are on fire today! First the #IfAfricaWasABar hashtag that not only educated everyone in the world on African culture, but revealed hilarious diasporic stereotypes. And now this. #BlackWomenEqualPay. It’s an obvious hashtag with a message: Black women are still being paid less in the workplace than pretty much everyone.

While Equal Pay Day is in April every year, this year, the American Association of University Women, NOW, the AFL-CIO and other groups mark July 28 as #BlackWomenEqualPay, a day to discuss the issues around the ways race and gender intersect to put millions of Americans on unequal footing.

Each year, African-American women in the United States are paid $18,817 less than the majority of White men. It’s being reported that in the 20 states boasting the most full-time working African-American women, it’s the women of color who earn just 70 cents for every dollar paid to men and just 64 cents for every dollar paid to White men.

And while none of this is news to us, it may be news to some. And thanks to major social media outpourings like Twitter, many people are made aware of the social, racial, political or any other “-al” that plagues our world, in 140 characters or less.

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