The Intersection of Race and Gender in the Earnings of African American and Asian Women in the United States

Date: 

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Cason Seminar Room

Marlene Kim, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston

Most scholars believe that women of color suffer from double discrimination. They experience not only race discrimination, but also gender discrimination. In this seminar, Marlene Kim examines earnings disparities by race, gender, and the intersection of race and gender for African American and Asian women from 1980 to the present. She finds that African American women continue to suffer from gender and race discrimination, and that the intersection between gender and race imparts an additional third penalty as well. In other words, African American women suffer not only from double discrimination but from triple discrimination. Her findings also show that while race disparities increased for African American women, they fell for Asian American women. Preliminary findings for Asian American women indicate that Asian American suffer from an additional intersectional component.