When comparing all men and women who work full time, year round in the United States, women are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. But the wage gap is even larger for Black women who work full time, year round compared to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts: they are typically paid only 61 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. This gap, which amounts to a loss of $23,653 a year, means that Black women have to work more than a year and a half (nearly 20 months) to be paid as much as white, non-Hispanic men in the previous 12-month calendar year alone. The wage gap also plays a pivotal role in contributing to the wealth gap, and is an obstacle to Black women’s economic security over the course of their lifetimes—and the economic security of their families.
Black women working full time, year-round are typically paid only 61 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts – leading to a lifetime loss of $946,120.