Tech Founder Sky Kelley Advocates for Black Women's Pay Equity

Tech founder Sky Kelley is one of the first Black women to raise more than $1M in venture funding—here's why she's fighting for pay equity.
“Being a woman in a male-dominated industry like tech is hard. But being a Black woman in tech? Even harder,” she said. “Our struggle is only made worse by the pay gap.”
Kelley is the CEO and founder of Avisare, a platform for government agencies of large organizations to source diverse contractors and vendors. She also previously held executive roles at Disney, ESPN, and AT&T. She said the cost of the pay gap to Black women is $1 million over the course of their careers.
People should be paid fairly no matter their gender or race,” she said. “But the U.S. has a long way to go to make this a reality for women.”
Women made 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. But when you intersect race and gender, the difference is even more profound. Black women make 61 cents on the dollar compared to white men, even though Black women are among the most educated in the workforce.
Kelley is supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, which is designed to address loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to better ensure pay equity. Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Patty Murray co-sponsored the bill.
“I’m fighting for pay equity because I’ve personally experienced this just like so many Black women have,” she said. “And it’s time to make a change.”

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