Women of Color Face a Wider, More Stubborn Pay Gap
The wage gap for Latinas and Black women not only is wider than the gender wage gap for white women but also is projected to take more than eight times longer to close completely, according to a new report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The 2020 update to AAUW’s report, The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap, found the following:
Based on this pace of change, the gender wage gap for white women is projected to close in about 50 years. But it will take seven times longer than that—350 years—before Black women achieve pay equity with white, non-Hispanic men, and more than eight times longer—432 years—for Latinas.
“It is frustrating that women are still confronting such a persistent gender wage gap, but it is beyond disheartening that the gap is still so significantly wider for women of color and has remained stubbornly so for such a long time,” says Kim Churches, AAUW’s CEO.
“As if further proof were needed, this illustrates that, in addition to dealing with sexism, women of color are facing structural, systemic racism that presents an enormous threat to their economic security. We need to immediately tackle these workplace issues head on if we hope to correct the social and economic injustices that women of this country confront.”
The Simple Truth update also found that while increased education tends to shrink the wage gap for white women, this is not the case for women of color:
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Source: American Association of University Women