The 2017 Status of Black Women in the United States report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the National Domestic Workers Alliance concluded that “Black women’s contributions to U.S. society and the economy have been undervalued and undercompensated.”
Black women, along with multiracial women, have the highest labor force participation rate in the nation among women, but at all educational levels Black women are concentrated in lowerpaying jobs than most other groups of workers. When working full-time, yearround, Black women earn just 64 cents to every dollar earned by comparable White men. In addition, Black women are overrepresented in the service sector, doing crucial work to care for children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities while earning low wages and receiving few benefits.
Black women have been showing up for years — to vote, organize and speak out. When will the rest of the country show up for them?