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by WREN Staff on Apr 7, 2023
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The gender and racial wealth gap, or the difference in wealth by gender and race, constrains the economic security and mobility of women, their families, and communities in South Carolina. The wealth gap will certainly widen in the COVID-19 global recession, which is disproportionately affecting women of color and their families.
This guide is designed to provide employers with strategies to improve workplace culture and support cisgender, transgender, and nonbinary women as full and equal participants and leaders in the economy and workplace. While the guide focuses primarily on gender diversity, many of the recommendations can also improve diversity in different dimensions that include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, and disability status.
The overall wage gap for South Carolina women has narrowed by a mere four cents over the last 20 years. Even when controlling for other factors, such as education and experience, pay gaps persist. Pay gaps start early and continue throughout women’s working lives. In March 2021 the WREN team compiled a new resource, Closing the Gender and Racial Pay Gap. This is a two-page supplement to our workforce guide that addresses the impact employers can have on racial and gender pay discrimination.
In January 2020 WREN released the results of a survey conducted by Change Research in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center. The Survey assessed the opinions of 1,450 South Carolinians that identify as women or on the LGBTQ spectrum.
In collaboration with the National Women’s Law Center, WREN released a report that reveals multiple barriers to gender justice. As a result of a history of discriminatory practices, women in South Carolina face disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This report focuses on a host of issues that illustrate the barriers women in South Carolina face.
There is a significant, projected workforce shortage in South Carolina over the next decade. By addressing this workforce need, women have the opportunity to create a net gain in economic activity for our state and simultaneously make strides in reducing the gender wage gap. These gender gaps in South Carolina’s workforce are profound. Working together, however, we can close them, driving powerful economic growth and positive change.
Now is the time to invest in South Carolina’s women, girls, and families. We need people like you joining the movement, speaking out, and leading the way toward positive change.