Wage gap hurts black Amer­i­can women

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BLACK women re­ceive 17% less pay than their white women coun­ter­parts and a whop­ping 63% less than white men, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.

Speak­ing out against the dis­crep­an­cies, two lead­ers of “We Dream in Black”, a pro­gramme in­sti­tuted by the Na­tional Do­mes­tic Work­ers Al­liance (NDWA) told of their ex­pe­ri­ences of the racial and gen­der wage gap.

A North Carolina home care worker, Priscilla Smith,said: “I go to work five days of the week and my day starts from the mo­ment my feet hit the floor.

“I have to get the kids ready, pre­pare their food, make sure the power is still on, and still make it on time to catch the city bus.

“Black women have to work twice as hard, and we’re al­ways try­ing to prove our­selves.”

Ac­cord­ing to a new re­port, “The Sta­tus of Black Women”, from the NDWA and In­sti­tute for Women’s Pol­icy Research, black women face racism and sex­ism in the US.

The re­port ex­plains that black women, who play the role of provider in 80% of black house­holds, are sub­ject to poverty more of­ten than any other race group in the US.

Ludie Delva, who has worked as a nanny in Haiti and France and now lives in Brook­lyn, New York, has spent 10 years in the coun­try try­ing to make ends meet.

“I’ve had clients who hardly paid me a min­i­mum wage for tak­ing care of their 3-month old baby as a live-in nanny. And oth­ers who ex­pected me to work two jobs for the pay of one!” Delva said.

“We are work­ing so hard, tak­ing care of chil­dren and fam­i­lies. The sys­tem must change for black women. We have been abused in so many ways.” teleSUR

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Black women face a dou­ble bur­den of op­pres­sion in the US.

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