Biden said that a full passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act by Congress would address the wage gap by “closing loopholes that have allowed employers to justify gender pay disparities, strengthening provisions for holding employers accountable for systemic pay discrimination, and helping level the playing field for women and people of color by making it easier for workers to challenge pay disparities as a group.”
“I realize that with this job, my performance in this role and the way that I lead, will kind of set the precedent and set the tone for all of the minorities and all the girls who are coming after me,” she says. “There are a lot of eyes on me right now and it opens the door for them to kind of sense that they can pursue anything they want to do as well.”
“Many people ask, ‘Well, why in the 21st century have we never seen a Native American woman like yourself in the Senate,’” she says. “And I remind them that we not only went through this mass genocide that the country still hides, but a lot of our education, you know from the relationship between the first peoples of this land to what is now the United States, is not taught in our history books. It’s not taught in the public education system.”
Women of color today make up 18% of entry-level positions, but just 3% of the C-suite. In an effort to increase this representation and offer more support for high achieving women of color, entrepreneurs and business leaders Rha Goddess and Deepa Purushothaman created nFormation, a first-of-its-kind membership based app to help women of color succeed at work.
When broken down racially, White women’s pay gap remained unchanged at $0.79 for every dollar earned by White men, while Asian women’s pay gap widened from $0.90 to $0.87, according to an analysis from the National Women’s Law Center. For Black women and Latinas, NWLC reports that the pay gap closed by just one penny, moving from $0.62 and $0.54 in 2018 to $0.63 and $0.55, respectively, in 2019.