Pay Gap Especially Harmful for Black and Hispanic Women Struggling with Student Debt

Although higher education improves earnings for both women and men, it does not help them equally. A 7 percent gender pay gap persists for recent female college graduates even after accounting for college major, occupation, economic sector, hours worked, months unemployed since graduation, GPA, type of undergraduate institution, institutional selectivity, age, geographical region, and marital status. For women with college degrees, especially black and Hispanic women, the gender pay gap means that student loan debt may hang over their heads for many more years to come.
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