They’re the most educated group in America, but they’re still grossly underpaid.
This month, there was some pretty great news for black women.
Black women are now the most educated group in America according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
It’s the first time in American history that black women are leading the way in education.
And it’s kind of incredible for a multitude of reasons, including the fact that education reduces poverty, promotes gender equality, and helps to lessen the spread of various health issues.
So just what are these educated black women doing?
So yeah, black women are killing it.
But here’s a kicker: While black women are the most educated group in America, they’re still making substantially less than their white male counterparts.
About $20,000 less per year, to be exact — a ridiculously large gap.
Unfortunately, this isn’t super surprising. Every other demographic in America makes less than white men, too, but black women are on the significantly lower end of the wage bar.
What does this wage gap look like?
If a woman were to work for 40 years, this would add up to a lifetime of around $430,000 of wages lost. For black women, that
When any demographic is underpaid or understaffed, the effects are pervasive, and we can see that firsthand with black women.
Black women not having a seat at the high-wage table can be particularly damaging for their families, too.
are either the sole or primary breadwinners of families, compared with
Equalizing wages could make a huge difference in the lives of African-American children by giving them access to better schools, healthier lives, and increased opportunities.
As Viola Davis stated in her historic Emmy’s speech:
“The only thing that separates women of color from everyone else is opportunity.”
The good news is, black women don’t back down from a challenge.
Right now, black women are voting at higher rates than the rest of the population, starting more businesses than any other groups of women, and creating opportunities for other black women to achieve even more.
They have been doing to work to improve minority lives for years.
And when minorities are given a seat at the table of opportunity, we create a society that is strong, more understanding, and increasingly innovative.
You can learn more about this by checking out this video on ATTN. Thumbnail image by Brian Killian/Getty Images.