Unmasking the Wage Gap: Black Women’s Fight for Fair Pay

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Among full-time year-round workers, Black women typically earn a meager 67 cents for every dollar paid to white non-Hispanic men.
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Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, a crucial highlight of the racial and gender wage gap in our nation. Among full-time year-round workers, Black women typically earn a meager 67 cents for every dollar paid to white non-Hispanic men.

This egregious wage gap cost black women a staggering $907,000 over a 40-year career. The chasm deepens further when we include part-time and part-year workers. They earned just 64 cents for every dollar.

Despite increasing educational attainment, Black women grapple with persistent occupational segregation and wage gaps that permeate all occupations. For instance, even with a doctorate degree, a Black woman working full-time typically earns only 65 cents for every dollar a white non-Hispanic man makes, representing an annual loss exceeding $53,000.

The solution lies in challenging racism, sexism, and structural inequalities, public investments, and public policies that ensure Black women are paid what they’re owed while standing together for wage parody.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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