Guest Post by Aliya Khan and Stephanie Zhou, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Today is Asian American Equal Pay Day — because it takes Asian American women two whole extra months to earn what a white man earned in the previous year.
Asian American women earn roughly 85 cents to every dollar a white man earns — and Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women experience actually some of the widest pay gaps compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
But, leading up to today, what bothered us most is the resounding silence from people within the Asian community.
We are pulled to listen to celebrities like Emma Watson and Beyoncé as they discuss equal pay issues — but where are Asian American voices in the conversation?