Women in South Carolina, especially women of color, are still typically paid less than men. Pay discrimination is one reason why.
Did you know that:
- A Black woman in South Carolina is typically paid 57.5 cents to every dollar typically paid to a white, nonHispanic man. Other women of color in South Carolina face high wage gaps as well.
- The overall wage gap for South Carolina women has narrowed by a mere four cents over the last 20 years.
- If today’s wage gap persists, a Black woman in South Carolina will lose $860,000 to the wage gap over a 40 year career. For a Latinx woman, this adds up to more than $900,000 in lost earnings over a 40 year career.
- In order to “catch up” to what the typical white, non-Hispanic South Carolina man is paid by age 60, depending on her race, a South Carolina woman would need to work anywhere from 12 to 34 additional years.
Women are critical to our economy, and thus any restart to the economy must center workers—particularly women and women of color—and ensure that they receive equitable wages. Legislation is an important tool that can help close the gender and racial pay gap.