Despite being original inhabitants and stewards of this land, Native American women have never been compensated for the full value of their labor in the U.S. workforce. Among full-time, year-round workers, Native American women are typically paid only 60 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. This gap in pay typically amounts to a loss of $2,055 every month or $24,656 every year. If this gap isn’t closed, a Native American woman starting her career today stands to lose $986,240 over a 40-year career. This wage gap means that Native American women have to work over 20 months – until September 8 – to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men were paid in 12.

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