Black women in particular have it the worst of all American demographics.
The quest for equal pay – you know, the ideal yet elusive premise that wages be based on ability and not race or gender – has inched closer to being played on a more even field than years past. But as we observe Equal Pay Day, the seemingly unbridgeable earnings gap between men, especially Asians and Whites, and everybody else is tough to ignore.
We undermine the potential of all working women when we don’t challenge the wage gap. #EqualPayDay
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 10, 2018
But Black women in particular have it the worst of all American demographics.
“Since few black women are among the top 5 percent of earners in this country, they have experienced the relatively slow wage growth that characterizes growing class inequality along with the vast majority of other Americans,” according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, which found that Black women had to work seven months into last year in order to be paid the same as White men the year before. “But in addition to this class inequality, they also experience lower pay due to gender and race bias.”