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Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women

Justice and Equality are not abstract ideals. Everyone, no matter their race, gender, income, or zip code, deserves to live a fulfilling life. Yet we know that women today – and particularly women of color – still face significant disparities in the most critical aspects of their lives.
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Everyone, no matter their race, gender, income, or zip code, deserves to live a fulfilling life. Yet we know that women today – and particularly women of color – still face significant disparities in the most critical aspects of their lives. Can you contribute ideas to help solve these complex social challenges?

Symptoms and Causes
  • Women are already more likely to live in poverty than men, especially mothers and women of color, and this inequity is expected to worsen due to the impacts of COVID-19. Based on unemployment statistics, poverty rates for Black households in Washington State are projected to rise by 43% next year.
     

  • The wage gap for women in Washington State has grown in recent years, and even during a pandemic, women performing essential work aren’t paid equally. A Black woman working full-time earns $23,540 less annually on average than her white male counterpart – enough to pay for 18 months of childcare. 
     

  • Evictions disproportionately impact women of color. Among all Seattle women facing eviction, over half are women of color. Evictions not only leave women and families without a stable home, but having one on your record makes it harder to find housing moving forward. 
     

  • With King County recently declaring racism a public health crisis, communities of color are facing two immediate health dangers: COVID-19 and the trauma of racial discrimination.

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