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.
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.
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.
Black History Month and the Importance of Black Women’s Experiences
As a leading think-tank focusing on gender equity issues, intersectionality is a core value of IWPR. Intersectionality applies a lens to how systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, and other forms of discrimination intertwine to create unique dynamics and experiences. In our research and policy work, IWPR uses the tool of intersectionality to observe and analyze inequities. In honor of Black History Month, IWPR recognizes the importance of lifting up Black women's experiences. Since women's experiences are not a monolith; it is important to explore the experiences of Black women while [...]
The Longest Time to Equal Pay: Latinas and the Wage Gap
Latina women are paid less than White men in all states with sufficient sample sizes. They will not see equal pay until 2206.
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 [...]
A Decade with No Improvement: Native Women and the Wage Gap
Native American and Alaska Native women are paid less than White men in all states with sufficient sample sizes—with little progress towards equity over the last decade.