Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women
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?
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.