Ms. Magazine: Native Women Earn 60 Cents on the Dollar of White, Non-Hispanic Men
September 29. 2020
ERA Policy Communications Coordinator Teo Octavia Saragi wrote about Native Women’s Equal Pay Day 2020 for Ms. Magazine, highlighting the inequity that Native women face in the workplace.
They write about how because of gender and racial pay gaps, the typical Native woman must work 22 months to be paid what the average white man was paid in just 12 months. Native women who work year-round, full-time jobs make just .60 cents for every dollar paid to their white, male counterparts.
Native and Indigenous women have made important advances socially, economically and politically. However, they continue to face a range of obstacles to their and their families’ economic wellbeing and overall security.— Teo Octavia Saragi, Policy Communications Coordinator
There are many contributors to the wage gap: lack of pay transparency, employment discrimination, occupational segregation, lack of affordable childcare, inadequate minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, unfair workplace practices, inadequate access to capital, and general gender and race based bias.
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