The substantial wage gap between both genders is a strident reality in many American workplaces today.
In the U.S. state of New Jersey, this unjust inequality bears one of the most evident examples existing in the nation, according to a study released this week by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).
“When we compare all women to all men, we find that women who work full-time, year round in the United States are paid only 79 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts,” read the NWLC’s report on its recently conducted study.
Data also shows that New Jersey is the nation’s second-biggest builder of the glass ceiling in the general, American corporate workplace. But black women in America have it even worse, according to this NWLC study. This isn’t really surprising when you look at the stagnant progress toward better race relations in today’s America.
“But the wage gap is even larger when we look specifically at African-American women who work full time, year round—they are paid only 60 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men,” reads the NWLC study.
“This gap, which amounts to a loss of $21,937 a year, means that African-American women have to work nearly 20 months—until almost the end of August—to make as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in the previous 12-month calendar year,” the NWLC study also reads.
This NWLC study finally states that the unionization of the corporate structure is a key to shrinking the pay gap between between the genders in America’s workplace. A portion of this statement reads as follows:
Among full time workers, the wage gap between African-American women and white men who are union workers is more than 20 percent smaller than the wage gap among non-union workers (27 cents for union workers, compared to 34 cents for non-union workers). African American women are the most likely group of women to be union members and yet in 2015, just 12.8 percent of employed African American women were members of unions.