Women Lack Sufficient Wealth to Achieve Economic Stability

by Anna Mahathey

Aug 1, 2016

Women own, on average, only 32 cents for every $1 owned by a man. Women of color have even less. With only $200 and $100 in median wealth, African American and Latina women, respectively, own less than one cent for every $1 owned by a white man. So while Americans are right to advocate for narrowing the gender wage gap, these figures demand that we address another gap that threatens women's economic security: the gender wealth gap.

Numbers to Know

  • Women own 32 cents for every $1 men own.
  • Women are 80% more likely than men to live in poverty upon retirement.
  • Low-wage working mothers' income decreases 7% for each child.

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