Economic Security for Women


Women* are key drivers of Georgia’s economy. Yet, women of color face persistent economic inequality. Black women and Latinas in Georgia are about two times as likely to live in poverty than white women. Although Black women and Latinas typically have higher rates of labor force participation than white women, they are often relegated to jobs that pay lower wages—a problem exacerbated by systemic pay gaps. This is critical because nearly two-thirds of mothers are primary or co-breadwinners in Georgia households, and nearly four in five Black mothers are primary breadwinners for Georgia families. Only by ensuring the economic security of Georgia’s women of color can we create a truly prosperous state.

*At GBPI, the term women includes cisgender and transgender women, individuals who identify along the female and femme areas of the gender spectrum and those who resist binary gender labels. Women of color includes Black, Latina, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Asian American and Pacific Islander women. Unfortunately, disaggregated data for various racial and ethnic groups and gender identities is limited.


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