Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced 50 years ago, but like most reports reveal, little has changed in terms of the economic status of blacks in the country.
In fact, a new report by the National Women’s Law Center, reveals that black women earn just 62 cents to a white man’s $1.
African American women experience a wage gap at every education level—and it is widest among those with the least education.
Among individuals working full time, year round who have a high school degree or less, African American women typically make only 62 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make.
African American women with a bachelor’s degree or more typically make $50,200—about the same as white, non-Hispanic men who have some college but lack a degree (99 cents for every dollar). African
American women with only a bachelor’s degree typically make $46,000—about $3,500 more than white, non-Hispanic men with only a high school degree ($1.08 for every dollar).
Overall, women who work full time in the country are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.
It is imperative that we continue to demand equal pay for women, especially women of color. Hopefully lawmakers will prioritized changing the findings of this report.
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