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[Excerpt] Facts cannot completely describe the challenges faced by working women. But facts are important in painting a picture of the lives of working women and informing policies and actions needed. These fact sheets provide a picture of Black, Hispanic, and Asian working women in the United States in the following areas:

• women’s contribution to family income;

• unemployment and the effects of the recession;

• families in poverty;

• educational attainment and likelihood of unemployment;

• the impact of educational attainment on women’s pay;

• occupational distribution and impact on pay;

• the wage gap between men and women;

• the real cost of the wage gap; and

• the impact of the gender wage gap on the retirement income of older women.


Suggested Citation
Department of Labor. (2013). The economic status of women of color: A snapshot. Washington, DC: Author.