In today’s blog post, we take a look at the month ahead and highlight three events that we expect to make headlines in August. 

  1.  Representing the additional 214 days that Black women must work in order to make what white men made in 2020, Aug. 3 is African American Women’s Equal Pay Day. According to Forbes, on average, Black women are paid 63 cents per every dollar paid to white men. This persisting wage gap between America’s men and women will be highlighted again on Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26. 

  2. Aug. 23 will mark the one year anniversary of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, being shot seven times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wis. The shooting, which took place in front of three of Blake’s children and left him partially paralyzed, ignited a series of protests in Kenosha. Four months later, the Kenosha County district attorney announced that Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot and wounded Blake, would not be charged. 

  3. The U.S. will formally end its military mission in Afghanistan on Aug. 31. The military exit will take place 11 days prior to President Biden’s initial goal of withdrawing all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and four months after the Trump administration’s exit deadline of May 1. 

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