Wage Disparities and Women of Color
Despite efforts to equalize earnings, a persistent wage gap exists between women and men. Recent Census data indicates that women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. This gap is more pronounced for women of color with Black women earning 61 cents and Hispanic women earning 52 cents for every dollar paid to a white male. The negative impact of the gender-based wage gap is exacerbated for women of color, who face lower lifetime earnings overall, occupational segmentation, and unequal access to assets and other wealth builders.
As more women become primary wage earners for households across the country, eliminating the pay gap becomes even more crucial to sustaining healthy and prosperous communities. Aligning the income distribution with the gender composition of the workforce is particularly needed now in these tough economic times to ensure economic security, opportunity, and prosperity for all.
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What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.