Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and the Economy2020-08-10T19:15:17+00:00

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and the Economy

IWPR’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and the Economy conducts original research and policy analysis using intersectional and racial equity frameworks to better understand the experiences of women of color, their families and communities in the economy and society.

Throughout the year, we organize convenings, symposia, and roundtables with national leaders, scholars, and practitioners and other key stakeholders on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and the economy.

The Status of Black Women in the United States

The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement. Using available data, the report describes the experiences of millions of Black women across the United States, and offers recommendations where the opportunities for Black women can be realized.

Digitalization, Automation, and Older Black Women: Ensuring Equity in the Future of Work

Despite their high labor force participation, Black women have historically been concentrated in a small number of occupations with low pay and poor working conditions.

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Breadwinner Mothers by Race/Ethnicity

The large majority of mothers in the United States are in the labor force making their economic contribution vital for their families’ economic security. One in two of the over 30 million families with children under 18 in the United States have a breadwinner mother, who is either a single mother, irrespective of earnings, or a married mother contributing at least 40 percent of the couple’s joint earnings;

By |May 8, 2020|

Women of Color in Economics and Sociology: Poor Climate, Unequal Treatment, and Lack of Legitimacy

A recent survey by the American Economics’ Association (AEA), for example, revealed widespread gender and racial discrimination in the field, with nearly half of women reporting unequal treatment, including sexual harassment and failure to take their work seriously (American Economic Association 2019).

By |August 6, 2019|

Digitalization, Automation, and Older Black Women: Ensuring Equity in the Future of Work

Despite their high labor force participation, Black women have historically been concentrated in a small number of occupations with low pay and poor working conditions.

By |May 8, 2019|

The Shifting Supply and Demand of Care Work: The Growing Role of People of Color and Immigrants

As the Baby Boom generation matures and current unmet child care needs remain constant, the United States faces a burgeoning crisis in the demand for care workers. The market has slowly but surely begun to adapt, seeing an overall growth of 19 percent in the number of care workers between 2005 and 2015, with most of that growth in adult care. The U.S. Department of Labor suggests that this will only grow further, projecting that the economy will add more than 1.6 million jobs in occupations related to adult care by 2024 (Rolen 2017).