The Wage Disparity Between Races and Genders
In honor MLK Jr. Day, we are Kiffas blog wanted to contribute our voice to this age old problem of race and gender inequility in our society. What is wage disparity? It is an ongoing race and gender equality problem that touches different groups everywhere.
Wage disparity between salaries is an ongoing issue across the world. White males are statistically more likely to be paid higher than their female counterparts in most industries. The gap is also prevalent in persons of color, with non white ethnic groups seeing far less pay than they should. Wage disparity has different impacts dependng on the state and if the area leans Democrat or Republican. But no matter where a worker lives, they will feel the wage gap. Gould, Elise. “Stark Black–White Divide in Wages Is Widening Further .” Economic Policy Institute, www.epi.org/blog/stark-black-white-divide-in-wages-is-widening-further/
The Wage Gap
Since 2000, the pay gap between people of color and white workers has only grown. Even though wages are increasing with the success of the economy, non-white workers are not reaping most of the benefits. Research conducted by Valerie Wilson and William Rodgers shows that since 1975, the wage gap has continuously expanded. The place where the wage gap is lowest is at the bottom of the pay ladder, where jobs like retail, factory work and hard labor is usually minimum wage. Federal law has prevented wages from going below a certain point, otherwise there would certainly be gaps even at the bottom. Gould, Elise. “Stark Black–White Divide in Wages Is Widening Further .” Economic Policy Institute, www.epi.org/blog/stark-black-white-divide-in-wages-is-widening-further/. It makes unfortunate sense, given the history of excluding different ethnic groups from social and economic rewards.
Women as a whole, no matter the ethnic group they belong to, also suffer from wage disparity. They also fall into the race and gender inequality area. Hispanic and Native American women are the most likely to see the most lost wages, with black women coming in third. White and Asian women see the least lost wages, but generally, they make only 90% of a mans wage. In 2018, Louisiana had the largest pay gap at 70% and California the lowest at 88%. “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap.” AAUW, www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/.
Employers continue to perpetuate these racial and gender inequality issues by discouraging or disallowing employees to discuss their wages in the workplace. More attention needs to be brought to these issues so everyone can get the fair wages they deserve. Shoving these problems under the bed so to speak will not give undervalued workers the wages that they are worth.