Lower income for all women, particularly those of color, means less money to support their families with necessities such as housing, food, education, and health care. Closing the pay gap is even more important for women of color who are more likely than their white counterparts to be breadwinners.
The long-term wage gap hurts families of color tremendously, forcing families to choose between putting food on the table or saving for a college education and retirement. On average, an African American woman working full time loses the equivalent of 118 weeks of food each year due to the wage gap. A Latina loses 154 weeks’ worth of food. The stubbornly persistent gender-based wage gap adds up substantially over the lifetime of a woman’s career. For women of color the loss of savings over a 30-hour-a-week to a 40-hour-a-week work lifespan is significant. A woman of color will have to live on one-third to 45 percent less than a white man based on the average benefits that are afforded through Social Security and pension plans. Research shows that a woman’s average lifetime earnings are more than $434,000 less than a comparable male counterpart over a 35-year working life.
Analysis done in 2012 by the Center for American Progress illustrates that the money lost over the course of a working woman’s lifetime could do one of the following:
—Feed a family of four for 37 years
—Pay for seven four-year degrees at a public university
—Buy two homes
—Purchase 14 new cars
Simply be saved for retirement and used to boost her quality of life when she leaves the workforce
Lifetime earnings are even lower for women of color because they face higher levels of unemployment and poverty rates. In March 2013 unemployment rates of black [women] and Latinas were significantly higher than their white counterparts at 12.2 percent and 9.3 percent respectively compared to white women at 6.1 percent. According to the National Women’s Law Center, poverty rates among women, particularly women of color, remain historically high and unchanged in the last year. The poverty rate among women was 14.6 percent in 2011—the highest in the last 18 years. For black women and Latinas that same year, the poverty rate was 25.9 percent and 23.9 percent, respectively."
Sometimes I feel like I’m not qualified to give Normal College / Young Adulthood Advice and then I hate everything.
I KNOW I’ve done a lot of good for people who’ve been in my shoes, but I feel useless for the people I think I’m SUPPOSED to give advice to who EXPECT advice from me because I’m a parent / parent figure to them through more normal means.
awwwww i wish you didn’t feel that way but i understand.
Thank you. *snuggle hugs*
College and Making Adult Decisions are a main topic for young people I care for, and so many now that I feel like I’ve gone from hero to useless jealous bitter old punk.
Eh, we can be all of those people. Making Adult Decisions is totally overrated and they’ll figure that out in a few years, too. Honestly I always tell young people to keep their options open and do a bunch of stuff in their 20’s, instead of feeling like you have to Make The Decision That Will Ordain The Rest Of Your Liiiiiiiiife. It’s impractical and unrealistic to have it all figured out at 16-20.
Like, but sometimes you have to..? Like, should I buy I house here in Florida, or am I going to live on Reservation for University, and therefore save my money for that, because a house down here would be a waste. And I have to decide NOW. This isn’t something I can put off. I cannot put off Adult Decisions
(sorry for derailing your post, just that last part was dumb)
O really? Well, isn’t it interesting and special for you that you have all those lovely options. I mean, buy a fucking house?
When I was at the age where a lot of kids are picking their colleges or what have you, I had to get my G.E.D. at sixteen because I was kicked out of my house and was living with my abusive adult boyfriend in rather spectacular poverty. I left community college due to a combination of panic attacks and physical attacks from the abusive ex, and wasn’t able to go back for a decade.
Look, some of us don’t even get the option to Make Adult Decisions, because we’re not ever allowed to grow up. And some of us are forced to Make Adult Decisions that no teenager should EVER have to make. I have a developmental disability, and I’ve spent most of my life being disempowered, infantilized, silenced, and told I’d never do or BE anything. I was told I was too retarded and crazy and weird and unlikeable and everyone knew I was a bitch anyways. But of course that didn’t stop the same people who said that shit from completely ruining my credit before I’d ever had a job that lasted for more than a month by taking out loans in my name.
Different people have had different fucking lives.
I’m GLAD that a lot of young people haven’t had to go through a fraction of the shit I went through. I **hate** the amount of pressure I see them placed under to have everything figured out, to KNOW what they want to do, and know WHO they are and WHAT they want from the rest of their lives. I think it’s unfair, and that young people should be free to figure out who they are AS AN ADULT before they’re forced to make ADULT DECISIONS.
I’m sure your life is and has been very different from mine, and I respect that, but I’m not the one calling shit “stupid”.
The amount of times people who have the kind of money to buy a house have made it a habit to try and shame me for being a 31-year-old undergrad, and I shit on that. I shit on this idea that people’s lives MUST follow a specific plan that corresponds with various ages and life stages, and I resent the shit out of it.
There are always people lined up around the block to shit on your life for not meeting their expectations and definition of “Success”.
There’s a different between “fucking off” and being forced into a life plan that adheres to people’s expectations rather than reflection, self-awareness, self-knowledge, and full knowledge of the implications.