With the 2016 election season getting increasingly heated, issues of wage equality become a topic of discussion, and due to recent statistics, race is an added factor.

According to this article, published from African-American newspaper Colorlines, black women’s salaries are now significantly behind those of white men.

Possible factors for the average black female earning just 81.1 cents to wagegapbrokenupbyrace-011men’s dollar and 66.8% of what White men earned in 2015 could include discrimination in hiring, or lower earnings for jobs typically held by women.

Factors which, some presidential candidates, propose to challenge or change.

The authors of the study note that while generally, progress in salary discrepancy for these demographics has happened since the 1980s, they also point out that if the earnings ratio continues at the current rate, it will take until 2059 to close the gap.

 

 

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