Black Women Set to Close the Gender Wage Gap

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January 11, 2012 ‐ By

We’re doing something right in the work place. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black women are narrowing the gender wage gap faster than any other race.

In 2010, black women earned 94% of black men’s full-time weekly wages. Comparisons among other ethnicities found Hispanic women at 91%, Asians 83%, and Whites at 81%. Hispanic women were previously thought to be the ones to close the gap since they had the smallest disparity in earnings with Hispanic men between 1990 and 2000, but black women have now surpassed them.

One reason for the narrowing gap, according to the Business Insider, is that two-thirds of African Americans earning bachelor’s degrees are women, which coincides with an even larger trend of women earning more diplomas than men overall in the past 10 years. The more women that get into the work place in positions of power, the greater chance we have of completely closing the wage gap for all women.

Do you think black women will really be the ones to close the gender gap first?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • reese

    Why are we just being compared to men in are race.  I think we as people should focus on closing the gap between blacks and whites.  And why we and latinos are losing wealth and not gaining it.

  • Torontochick

    2/3rd’s OF THE BLACK PEOPLE getting degrees are women; not two-thirds of black women are getting bachelor degrees. As fabulous as it would be for most of us to be so educated, the fact is that we’re not (and this goes for ALL races), so I don’t want us to become complacent and start resting on our laurels.