Study finds wage gap increases anxiety and depression for women

New research shows that anxiety and feelings of depression may be linked to something far more systematic: gender wage inequity/discrimination.

A study published by the Journal of Science and Medicine found that when education and work related factors were level,  women making less than men faced the risk of anxiety disorder at a rate of more than four times men.  Further women were also 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed as depressed when wage inequity existed.

How do these studies account for women of color who make less than the average wage for women in total, against their male counterparts?

Studies have shown general gender gap figures do not account for the even larger wage gap that exists for women of color who make less than their white female counterparts.


Other studies have also noted that women of color are more likely to endure other discriminatory practices including racial/ethnic discrimination, segregation into low status and high-stress jobs, unemployment further exposing them to depression and anxiety.

Have you ever been a bit more than stressed about your financial situation?  Had a hard time sleeping at night running through all the bills that needed to be paid? You are not alone. Share your experience with us below…





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