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(Washington, DC) Today is Native Women’s Equal Pay Day– which marks the 21 months full-time Native women workers need to work to make what their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts typically made in the prior year alone.
This wage gap amounts to a loss of $24,443 a year for Native women, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center.
Women who work full-time are paid 80 cents for every dollar made by men. But the wage gap disparities are significantly wider for Native women, who are paid only 58 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. During a 40-year career, a Native woman will lose $977,720 to the wage gap.
The following is a statement from Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“When it comes to the gender wage gap, all women lose, but Native women, typically paid just 58 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, are especially hard hit. Native women typically must work almost 21 months to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men make in twelve, and they can’t educate themselves out of the wage gap. Indeed, Native women with the highest levels of education experience some of the largest wage gaps. We call on Congress to invest in policies that will raise Native women’s wages and enable their families and communities to thrive; a necessary first step is for the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, passed by the House earlier this year, in order to modernize and strengthen our pay discrimination laws.”
Key findings of the analysis include:
NWLC experts are available to discuss the wage gap analysis of Native women workers and its broader implications.
For immediate release: September 23, 2019
Contact: Olympia Feil ([email protected])