Differences Between White and Black Women in Perceived Gender Discrimination

A new study commissioned by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, examines the extent of discrimination faced by women in the United States. The researchers compiled data from more than 3,400 women in the early months of 2017. The data was also broken down by race.

Here are some of the findings:

  • Half of Black women reported that they had experienced gender discrimination in salary or job promotions. For White women, 41 percent reported gender discrimination.
  • Some 40 percent of Black women said they were subjected to gender discrimination during the job hiring practice, compared to 30 percent of White women.
  • Some 27 percent of Black women reported gender discrimination in housing, compared to 14 percent for White women.
  • Nearly a quarter of Black women reported gender discrimination in dealings with police. This was twice the percentage for White women.
  • Some 42 percent of White women reported that they had been sexually harassed, compared to 35 percent of Black women.

The full report, Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of American Women, may be downloaded by clicking here.


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