Title

The Plight of African American Women: Employed and Unemployed

Authors

Linda Loubert

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

The Review of Black Political Economy

Publication Date

2012

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

Understanding employment for African American women through the lens of neoclassical economics may not be best to help understand their plight. Their pay and the available employment has not been equal to that of men and even more so, African American women have lower paying jobs compared to their white counterparts, despite their achievement of higher levels of education. This paper looks at unemployment rates across the nation and then centers the discussion on black women in the context of the disparities over the past three decades. It combines the types of employment and wages that they have endured in context to white women during the same period of time. It uses Geographical Information Systems to underscore the concentration of income and race and the types of employment in those areas. It then provides some policy recommendations for the future.

DOI

10.1007/s12114-012-9140-8

Keywords

Economic Advancement, Gender

Disciplines

Economics

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