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Wage gap:

  • The wage gap between women of color and white, non-Hispanic men increased in 2017.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Black women was 37 cents and in 2017 the gap increased to 39 cents.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Latinx women was 46 cents and in 2017 the gap increased to 47 cents.
    • In 2016 the wage gap for Asian women was 13 cents and in 2017 the wage gap increased to 15 cents.
  • For women across all races – the wage gap didn’t budge – women working full time, year round were paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts [working full time, year round] in 2017.


  • One in eight women 18 and older, almost 16 million, lived in poverty in 2017.
  • The poverty rate for elderly women was 11 percent in 2017; women made up nearly two-thirds of the elderly poor.
  • Thirty four percent of female-headed families with children were poor in 2017, compared to 16 percent of male-headed households and six percent of married-couple families.

Health insurance:

  • Despite 92 percent of women and girls having some health insurance in 2017, over 13 million women remained uninsured.
  • Just under 17 million non-elderly adult women relied on Medicaid in 2017, up almost 3.4 million since the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2013.
  • The uninsurance rate for non-elderly adult women has dropped from 17 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2017.
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