Women, Gender, Socioeconomic Status, And Gender Inequality Essay

1438 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
In the present day United States, women are—overall—paid less than men, earning 78 cents to every dollar that a man makes. For women of color, it is even less money earned compared to that of a white man. Black women earn 64 cents for every dollar a white non-Hispanic man earns and Latina women earn 56 cents per the dollar (“The White House”). Already disadvantaged by white people’s privilege, people of color, especially women, are earning much less money than white men. This creates serious consequences for poverty levels on a personal and national level. It continues to keep people of color in poverty without upward mobility and promotes ongoing discrimination. Furthermore, we need to move from looking at discrimination as a one category set—gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc.—but from the viewpoint of intersectionality. A person is not just one entity, but has many factors that affect and control their lives. That is the only way I am able to examine why women of color specifically get paid less money in the United States labor market. In this paper, I am going to examine how and why women of color earn a lesser pay throughout the labor market in the United States due to historical shortcomings and the internalized processes of potential employers, smaller social networks, and institutional barriers that stand in the way of upward mobility. In 1963, the United States’ passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, establishing that employers must pay equal wages to men and…

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