Bullock to join Twitter storm to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination

PHILADELPHIA, July 28 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she will join a Twitter storm from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 31 to highlight gender and racial pay discrimination. July 31, 2017 marks the day when African American women’s pay reaches the amount the average white, non-Hispanic man was paid in 2016.

“I am excited to join the Twitter storm this year and to continue fighting for Black women to receive the full dollar they deserve,” Bullock said. “After hosting a roundtable discussion on the issue last year, I was confident that we could make the issue a priority in our state legislature. However, I am beyond disappointed that not much progress has occurred since then.”

Bullock said pay discrimination prevents women of color from being able to fully support their families and calls it an economic justice issue. According to data collected by the Women’s Law Project, it would take African American women 107 years to achieve equal pay at the current slow rate of progress. Pennsylvania received a “D ” ranking from the Center for American Progress in terms of economic security. The 2016 report highlighted the disparities Pennsylvania women of color faced in terms of economic security. According to the report, African American women are paid 63 cents for every dollar a white male makes. In addition, nearly one-third of African American women in Pennsylvania live in poverty.

“It’s important that we have conversations at the intersection of race and gender,” Bullock said. “Although we recognize Equal Pay Day on April 4, we still need to acknowledge that on average, African American women are paid less than their white counterparts. These conversations will help us remember that it is important to lift each other up as we climb.”

“This means that in order for all women to receive equal pay, we have to make sure that women of color are able to have their voices heard,” she added.

Bullock has advocated for several forms of legislation that would close the pay gap for women that include prohibiting employers from firing women because they are pregnant or nursing; providing women with paid leave; extending the commonwealth’s sexual harassment protections to all female employees; and raising the minimum wage. In February, Bullock introduced H.B. 931 with state Rep. Maria Donatucci. The bill would prohibit employers from paying employees different wages based on their gender for the same or similar jobs.

To participate in the Twitter storm, people can tweet using the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay.