The recent CNN Money article titled What Americans Earn (Jan. 23, 2013) shares something that’s not surprising to me, based on my personal experience and the experiences of some Chinese friends. And it shouldn’t be a surprise for most people.
How much you make depends on a number of factors, including your race and gender.
Women make less than men…but the size of the gap depends greatly on race.
For every dollar a man earns, a woman of the same race earns $.72 (Asian), $.80 (White), $.87 (Hispanic & Black).
The Forbes’ article Today, Women Need To Demand Equal Pay (Apr. 17, 2012, Equal Pay Day) says: “Nationally, women who work full time are paid just 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.” Women need to work extra 108 days to earn what men earn.
The earning gap is the most common form of gender and race discrimination in the workplace.
A part of the lawsuit involving Wang vs. Macalester is about gender and race discrimination, about gender- and race-based wage discrimination, about equal pay for men and women.