Work Smarter//

This Calendar Shows the Visceral Way the Gender Pay Gap Affects All Races

A calendar shows how much more time it takes women to earn as much as white men.

By ian johnston/Shutterstock
By ian johnston/Shutterstock

The gender pay gap between men and women in the US is still a big problem, and it affects some women more than others.

By one measure, November 20, 2019, is “equal pay day” for Latina women in the US. That is, Wednesday marks the day when the typical Hispanic or Latina female worker would have earned as much in 2018 and 2019 to date as the typical white male worker would have earned in 2018 alone.

That estimate is based on an analysis of wage data from the US Census Bureau done by the American Association of University Women. According to that report, median annual wages for full-time, year-round employed Latina women were 53% of median wages for similarly situated non-Hispanic white men in 2017.

A little bit of arithmetic shows that this means it takes the median Latina worker about 689 days to earn what the median white male worker makes in 365 days. So, a Latina woman starting on January 1, 2018, would have finally earned today what a white man would have made over the course of 2018.

The gender wage gap varies widely across different racial and ethnic groups in the US, reflecting the interplay of ongoing gender and racial inequalities. According to the AAUW analysis, non-Hispanic white women’s median earnings were 77% of non-Hispanic white men’s earnings; Asian women made 85% of what white men made; and Black women earned just 61%.

Across all racial and ethnic groups, full-time, year-round women’s median earnings were 80% of men’s median earnings.

Here’s when an “equal pay day” would fall for each of those groups in 2019, according to our calculations with results from the AAUW’s report:

Originally published on Business Insider.

More from Business Insider:

Here’s how much every US state pays its teachers and spends on a single student

We figured out when millionaires will be considered middle class in the United States

31 countries where the ‘American Dream’ is more attainable than in the US

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

Latina Equal Pay Day : Fighting for Wage Equality in Latina Community

by Silvina Moschini
Max Fialla for Clarin
Work Smarter//

What Can We Do to Walk Our Talk When it Comes to Women in the Workplace?

by Silvina Moschini
Community//

Why We Need Men To Empower Women In The Workplace

by Maria A. Pardalis

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.