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Closing the Wage Gap is Crucial for Women of Color and Their Families

American women who work full time, year round are paid only 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. But the wage gap is even larger for many women of color working full time, year round, as African-American women are paid only 64 cents, and Hispanic women only 54 cents, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.  These gaps translated into a loss of $18,650 for African-American women and $24,111 for Hispanic women in 2012.  Closing the wage gap is, therefore, particularly important for African-American and Hispanic women, who are already more likely to have lower incomes and to be in poverty than virtually all  other groups.   This fact sheet explores the wage gap for women of color and the particular effect the gap has one them and their families.