The Gender Wage Gap: 2018 Earnings Differences by Race and Ethnicity


Commentary by Dr. Nalo Johnson, article by the Iowa Department of Human Rights

The Iowa Department of Human Rights recently shared an article regarding The Gender Wage Gap: 2018 Earnings Differences by Race and Ethnicity, authored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Most recent U.S. Census data tells us that nearly 18% of Johnson County residents live in poverty.  That number is even more staggering when looking at specific populations.  For example, 34.7% of people identifying as Asian, 38% of people identifying as Black/African American, and 25.6% of people identifying as Hispanic/Latino live in poverty compared to 14.3% of people identifying as White.  Both males and females within the county experience a similar rate of poverty (17.4% and 17.9% respectively), however, nearly a quarter (23.7%) of the county’s female-headed households live in poverty.  As the article states, greater equality in earnings not only reduces individual poverty but improves economic security for women and their families, as well as helps our community thrive.  Check out the article for yourself to learn more:

https://iwpr.org/publications/gender-wage-gap-2018/