Today is BLACK WOMEN’S EQUAL PAY DAY. •✊🏾💋💰• Today, August 22, 2019 marks the day black women, working in America on average, earned what their white male colleagues earned in the year 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣. Yep, it takes 5️⃣9️⃣8️⃣ days to earn what the average white man earns in 3️⃣6️⃣5️⃣ • August is a very significant month as it’s the last month of my favorite season - summer!😎🌤• , It’s also BLACK OWNED BUSINESS MONTH •✊🏾💰• this August 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣ marks the 4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th year the first slaves were brought in chains to America, to build this conflicted nation. •🧱🔨⛓💪🏾🇺🇸• August is the month of my family reunion where I have learned from the councilwoman, activists, teachers, servicemen, lawyers, judges, engineers, farmers, black business owners and family members who’ve come before me. • 👩🏾‍🌾👩🏽‍🏫👩🏽‍⚕️👨🏾‍🍳👮🏽‍♀️👩🏾‍🎨👨🏾‍🔬👨🏽‍🚀👨🏿‍🌾👩🏽‍🎓👨🏽‍🏫👨🏿‍🏭👩🏾‍⚖️👨🏽‍💻👨🏾‍🔧• I am here because it takes a village, imagine if that village, over the past 4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ years - were PAID !!!! Not just equal pay but PAID • 💰💰💰• - and then received equal pay for equal work!!!! • I am the owner of a business, I launched LAUREN NAPIER BEAUTY with a tax refund and an American Express card • 💳💵• It’s been a struggle with a hell of a learning curve. It takes passion, resilience and endurance to run a successful business - but none of that matters if ya BROKE or don’t have access to capital. • 🤝🏦🚫• l mean, hello, how can you start a business, save to quit your job, reinvest in the business if every week you’re -$.30 on every dollar ??? • 👋🏽🤔📉❓•  We stand to lose 840K over the span of our careers. Gals, that’s almost $1M!!! • 🤯💸• Allies, fight for us. If you’re doing hiring, offer the industry standard. If you have the opportunity to negotiate, know your value, do the research and advocate for yourself. •🤝🙋🏾‍♀️🗂• Black women are the most educated demographic and are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States of America. • 👩🏽‍🎓📊🇺🇸• We are innovative, inspiring, we are THE culture and we are unstoppable- just imagine what we would do with equal pay. • Mika Brzezinski says, “Know your value!” While women like Elaine Welteroth, Brittany Hennessy, Valerie Jarrett, Stacey Abrams and Michelle Obama showing us the way. 🧠📚• Let’s advocate for each other and secure (tha bag) equal pay!! 


Shout out to my Native American Women and Hispanic Women who will not meet their equal pay days until September 23, 2019 - $.58 and November 20, 2019 - $.53.

- I am fighting for you too!

- LN