Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and the Economy2020-08-10T19:15:17-04:00

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and the Economy

IWPR’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and the Economy conducts original research and policy analysis using intersectional and racial equity frameworks to better understand the experiences of women of color, their families and communities in the economy and society.

Throughout the year, we organize convenings, symposia, and roundtables with national leaders, scholars, and practitioners and other key stakeholders on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and the economy.

Status of Black Women
The Status of Black Women in the United States

The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement. Using available data, the report describes the experiences of millions of Black women across the United States, and offers recommendations where the opportunities for Black women can be realized.

Black Automation
Digitalization, Automation, and Older Black Women: Ensuring Equity in the Future of Work

Despite their high labor force participation, Black women have historically been concentrated in a small number of occupations with low pay and poor working conditions.

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Almost a Year and a Half Later, Black Women Continue to Be Hard-Hit by the Pandemic

The disappointing September jobs report revealed that just 235,000 new jobs were created in August.  It also showed an unemployment rate on the decline: falling from 5.9 percent in June to 5.4 percent in July, then to 5.2 percent in August. This is just over one-third of the 14.8 percent unemployment rate at the peak of the pandemic in April of 2020. Figure 1 below, however, shows how the unemployment rate breaks down by sex, race, and ethnicity. Not only do Black workers have unemployment rates substantially higher than their White and Asian counterparts, they are also the only [...]

By |September 15, 2021|

Shortchanged and Underpaid: Black Women and the Pay Gap

The COVID-19 pandemic and related recession has both highlighted the persistent inequalities that Black women face in the labor market and exacerbated them. Black women were overrepresented in many low-paying jobs that were recognized as “essential” during the pandemic, but had often been dismissed as “low-skilled” before. [...]

By |July 27, 2021|

Latinas Projected to Reach Equal Pay in 2220

Latinas have made important strides in education, business creation, and political engagement. In recent decades, they have significantly increased their high school graduation rate and representation in teaching, law, medicine, and management professions. Yet in 2019, the average Latina earned only 55.4 percent of White non-Latino men’s earnings.

By |October 22, 2020|
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