Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander Equal Pay Day; We Must Take Bold Action to Close the Unjust Wage Gaps Too Many AAPI Women Face
“Today reminds us of the harmful, unjust pay gaps Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women face. We must remember that AAPI women are not a homogenous group, and certain ethnicities experience some of the most extreme, punitive wage gaps in the country. For instance, Burmese women are paid only 50 cents on average for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man, and Hmong women just 57 cents. AAPI moms face a wage gap of 74 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic fathers. Overall, AAPI women are paid just 85 cents for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man. These wage gaps are unfair and unjustifiable, and they cause real harm to the economic security of AAPI women and their families. This must end.”
--Statement of Sara Alcid, Workplace Justice Campaign Director, MomsRising
“These statistics belie the ‘model minority’ myth, which falsely paints all AAPI women as being highly paid. In reality, AAPI women are diverse and their experiences vary, as is true for every demographic group. In fact, AAPI women are overrepresented in low-wage occupations, and wage gaps for AAPI women persist across education and income levels. When AAPI women are shortchanged on their paychecks, it harms their families and communities and our country’s economy. We must move past misleading narratives, recognize the discrimination AAPI women face, and close these shameful pay gaps once and for all.
“We urge Congress to take bold action to make our workplaces more fair and boost families’ economic security. It is encouraging that the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act have already been introduced in the 116th Congress, but we need for them to become law right away. America’s moms will continue to raise our voices to demand equal pay for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women – and for all women. The time for progress is now.”
--Statement of Ruth Martin, Vice President, Workplace Justice Campaigns, MomsRising