The employment landscape in America is far from level. And the barriers that exist are not just barriers to employment. They also include barriers within employment. On average, women in the United States earn just 78 cents for every dollar men earn for the same work. The pay gap is also evident between races, where white workers tend to earn more than workers of color.
Because gender discrimination and race discrimination are both rampant, women of color often find themselves doubly disadvantaged. According to the Center for American Progress, the wage gap is widest for women who are African American, Hispanic/Latina and American Indian/Alaska Native.