Every year, the National Committee on Pay Equity sets a date for “Equal Pay Day” to highlight the overall pay disparity between men and women who work full-time in the United States. Women of color, especially, experience exponential wage gaps compared to their Caucasian male coworkers. Below is Walker’s Legacy’s research on equal pay for the working woman of color.

Fast Facts

A) As of March 24th 2021, all women make $0.82 compared to the US man’s dollar. This ranges by ethnicity, AAPI women make about $0.85, Black women make $0.63, Native women make $0.60, and Latinas make $0.55

B) According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), if equal pay for women were equally distributed immediately,  it would result in an annual $447.6 billion gain nationally for women and their families.

C) According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics study from 2009, the industry closest to gender pay equity was construction.

Fast Facts

A) Black women ask for promotions and raise at about the same rates as white women, but they get worse results.

B) The pay gap widens for women at higher education levels. The gap is largest for Black women who have their bachelor and other advanced degrees.

C) Black women make up just 1% of the high paying engineering workforce and 3% of computing. And these, unfortunately, are the fields where the gender pay gap is the smallest.

Fast Facts

A) Native Women earn approximately $0.60 cents on the dollar of White men. October 1, Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, is the day Native women must work into the new year to make what White men made at the end of the previous year.

B) Last year, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives owned 1.4% of all women-owned businesses (an estimated 161,500), employing 61,300 workers and generating $11 billion in revenues.

C) Native women experience a wage gap at every education level. Those with Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, and professional degrees face larger gaps than those with high school diplomas.

Fast Facts

A) More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Latina’s typically earn only 55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months.

B) Hispanic women are subject to a double pay gap — an ethnic pay gap and a gender pay gap.

C) Despite the vast underpayment and related challenges, Latinas are one of the most important consumer groups in our country. In 2013, Latinas made up 86% of spending decisions in our households.

Fast Facts

A) The average Asian American / Pacific Islander woman is paid $0.85 for every $1.00 paid white, non-Hispanic men. 

B) For certain communities, the wage gap is far greater. Vietnamese women earn $0.67, Hmong women earn $0.61, and Burmese women earn only $0.52, making them some of the lowest paid people in the nation.

C) Even within high earning fields, AAPI women are paid less than their male counterparts. The higher AAPI women progress in their career fields, the higher their wage gap also grows