Women in North Carolina move ahead but remain behind- 2012 Article

The gap between white women and Women of Color is real in North Carolina. That’s why Moral Monday is needed.

Women in North Carolina have higher levels of education than men, yet their wages trail those of men.

Thirty-three percent of women in the state hold an associates degree or some college education, compared to 28 percent of men, for example, while 27 percent of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 26 percent of men.

Yet in 2010, median annual earnings for women in the state who work full-time, year-round totaled $33,000, compared to $40,000 for men.

And women who have at least a college degree and work full-time, year-round earn more than $20,000 a year less than men with that level of education.

White women 2010 had median annual earnings of $35,400, the highest among all women, compared to $30,000 for Asian American women, $29,000 for black women and for American Indian women, and $24,000 for Hispanic women.

Median annual earnings between 2008 and 2010 for immigrant women in North Carolina who worked full-time, year-round totaled $25,900, compared to $27,000 for  immigrant men, $33,700 for native-born women, and $41,000 for native-born men.

Women also own 28 percent of all businesses in the state, compared to 29 percent in the U.S. overall, with North Carolina ranking 17th in the U.S. in 2007 in the share of businesses owned by women.

The median annual income for households headed by single mothers totals $20,393, the lowest among all family household types and just 29 percent of the income of married couple households with children.

Philanthropy North Carolina

Women in North Carolina have made big social and economic strides but still lag in jobs, wages and wealth, and find it tough to pay for housing and child care, preliminary findings from a new report show.

Women of different racial and ethnic groups, and from different regions of the state, also face “stubborn disparities in opportunities and outcomes” that must be addressed to improve the health of the state’s communities, says The Status of Women in North Carolina, a preliminary report from the North Carolina Council for Women.

“Engagement in social and economic progress is essential to the ongoing success of North Carolina women, particularly those of different races and ethnic groups, as well as among women from various geographic regions of the state,” Beth Briggs, executive director of the Council for Women, says in a statement.

“By working together to address these challenges and disparities,” she says, “we…

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