Women of Color in the Workplace
wage gap is most severe for women of color. Consider
these facts about the paychecks of black and Hispanic
women in the workplace:
- Of full-time workers, black
women's median weekly earnings ($429) were only 64%
of the earnings of white men ($669) in the year 2000.
- In one year, the average black
woman earns approximately $12,000 less than the average
white man does. Over a 35-year career, this adds up
- Among full-time, year-round
workers, black women with Bachelors' degrees make
only $1,545 more per year than white males who have
only completed high school.
women account for 30% of all female-headed families
in the U.S. They have a median income of $18,244 annually,
while families headed by white males (no wife present)
have a median income of $39,240. (Notes:
1-Income is more inclusive than earnings. 2-The term
"female-headed families" does not necessarily
include the presence of children.)
- According to the Census Bureau,
in 2000, the median full-time earnings for Hispanic
women were $20,527 only 52% of the median earnings
of white men ($37,339).
- In one year, the average Hispanic
woman working full-time earns $17,837 less than the
average white man does. Over a 30-year career, that
adds up to $510,000!
median income of a female Hispanic householder ($20,765)
is only 46% of the incomes of single white male householders
Income is more inclusive than earnings.)
women with a high school diploma earn $22,469. That
is 33% less than white men with the same level of
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.
1) Hispanic workers
can be of any race.
2) Individual earnings data for Asian/Pacific Islanders
and Native Americans are available, yet they are from
a very small sample and thus are not as reliable. NCPE
encourages advocates interested in additional data on
Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans to notify
their Congressional representatives and encourage support
for research in this area.