It’s 2020, and Black Women Aren’t Even Close to Equal Pay

Despite their foundational role in building America and its economy, Black workers have always faced discrimination in the U.S. workforce. Today, it takes longer for Black workers to find jobs and when they do, they’re paid less than their peers. This is especially so for Black women, who face not only race discrimination, but also sex discrimination, as the wage gap between Black women working full time, year round compared to white, non-Hispanic men makes clear: Black women typically make just 62 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, and that disparity has not narrowed over the last quarter century. Indeed, from 1967 to 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, the wage gap for Black women narrowed by just 19 cents.

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