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By Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM
The American Association of University Women, AAUW, has carefully compiled a targeted report that gives a comprehensive breakdown of who's earning what in each ethnic/racial category. In tribute to my late aunt, Camilla Charleston Thomas, who was the first black member of the Columbus, Georgia Branch, I have been a member of AAUW for many years.
Here's AAUW's take on the 80% to a man's dollar disparity between men and women's wages. Black, White, Asian, Latino, Native Hawaiian and American Indian (Indigenous People) are the racial categories used in their research.
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Women of Color
The pay gap affects women from all backgrounds, at all ages, and of all levels of educational achievement, although earnings and the gap vary depending on a woman’s individual situation.
Among full-time workers in 2015, Hispanic and Latina, African American, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian and other native women had lower median annual earnings compared with non-Hispanic white and Asian American women. But within racial/ethnic groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women experienced a smaller gender pay gap compared with men in the same group than did non-Hispanic white and Asian American women (below).
A Closer Look at the Numbers by RaceUsing a single benchmark provides a more informative picture. Because non-Hispanic white men are the largest demographic group in the labor force, they are often used for that purpose. AAUW uses two different data sources for earnings ratios by race/ethnicity. For African American, Asian American, and Latina and Hispanic women, we follow the Current Population Survey (CPS). Because the CPS lacks sufficient sample size for smaller demographic groups, we follow the American Community Survey (ACS) for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Alaska Native women.
Compared with salary information for white male workers, Asian American women’s salaries show the smallest gender pay gap, at 85 percent of white men’s earnings. The gap was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who were paid only 54 percent of what white men were paid in 2015 (below).
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