Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender
Gender, Feminism, and
Prisms of Difference
Inequality for All
More UNFun Political Facts
• Men occupy 80 to 95-plus percent of the top decision-making
positions in American politics, business, the military, religion,
media, culture, and entertainment.
• Women comprise only 19.4 % of congress in 2015.
• Only one US Senator is a woman of color in 2015.
• Women of color represent only 6.2% of Congress and 31.7% of
women Members of Congress.
UNfun Economic Facts
• Calculation based on median annual earnings:
𝑃𝑎𝑦 𝑔𝑎𝑝 =
𝑀𝑒𝑛$ − 𝑊𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛$
• According to AAUW in 2013, women earned 78
cents for every dollar that men earned.
UNfun Economic Facts
• Research in 2014 indicates that the pay gap is WIDER for
• 1963 women earned 59 cents of every dollar men earned.
• The pay gap grows with age: Women typically earn about
90 percent of what men are paid until they hit 35. After
that median earnings for women are typically 75–80
percent of what men are paid.
Latina AI/AN PI
2013 Average Annual Earnings as % of White Male
What about the men?
MoC v WM Women/Men WoC/WW
Median Weekly Earnings
Full-time Workers 2012
White Black Hispanic Asian/American
• Controlled for occupation there is still a 7% gap upon graduation that widens to 10%
ten years after graduation.
Secondary School Teachers
2013 Weekly Earnings Gap by Occupation
• Feminization of poverty
• 56% of those in poverty are women.
• The poorest groups in the U.S.
• Women raising children alone
• Women over 65 living alone
Race, Class, & Gender
• What is the relationship of gender and race in capitalism? – Katie
• Why doesn't wealth or class cancel out the effects of racial
• Why do Americans continue to believe in the ability to socially
mobilize when the statistics show otherwise? Is it a coping
mechanism, or a core American foundational principal that
Americans simply aren't willing to let go of?—Bailey
• How has the wealth gap between women of different races affected our society as
whole? What about its affect on your life?—Sean
• In order to survive throughout Spent, I had to repeatedly say no to family members
who needed help of their own? If this is the norm among low income American
families, what is the toll on the family bonds, when survival must come before care,
aid and support for your family?-Bailey
• How does a race-gender neutral view on the economic problems affect women,
especially women of color? Does this have the same aftermath of a "color-blind"
view of our supposed meritocracy?—Sarah
• Unemployment is commonly know to affect the society as whole but not many
understand that unemployemt affect certain genders and races harder; if it was
common knowledge that there are more woman defined as working poor than men
do you think there would be more uproar in the society?
• How can college students like ourselves help spread knowledge of the gaps in the
wealth, income, and unemployment between races and genders? – Brandon
HOW DOES THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS HURT US ALL?
• Next Step is to begin researching your hometown.
• Raised outside the US, research wherever you have lived in the US longest OR Spokane.
• I found another data set you can use if you grew up in a state that doesn’t have a
self-sufficiency standard calculated. Look for it online this evening