Gender and Race Both Have a Major Impact on Black Women’s Inequality in the Workforce


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A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that both racism and sexism play a role in inequality faced by Black women in the nation’s workforce. According to the report, in 2017 Black women earned 61 cents for every dollar earned by White men, amounting to $23,653 less in earnings over an entire year. In the span of a 40-year career, this translates into an average lifetime earnings gap of $946,120 between Black women and White men. The researchers note that “Black women experience both a race and gender wage gap that reflects the intersectional reality of their daily...