King offers insight on gender wage gap

You can’t begin to address the problem when you don’t have all of the facts — and in a recent interview, Billie Jean King made sure all the facts were available on the gender wage gap.

According to HuffPost, the tennis phenom sat for an interview alongside Emma Stone — who will play King in the forthcoming film, “Battle of the Sexes” — for Out Magazine, where the duo discussed the gender wage gap, among other topics. Stone, who brought up the issue, not only mentioned that women are “at our best right now making 80 cents to the dollar,” HuffPost says she also discussed pay inequality in relation to Hollywood.

Describing it as a function of “the kinds of films you’re a part of, the size of your role, how much the movies make at the box office,” HuffPost says Stone concluded women “in general, are making four fifths at best.”

King, however, elaborated on the asterisk on that statement that so often goes unnoticed: differences in pay based on ethnicity.

“If you’re African American or Hispanic it goes down,” King said, according to HuffPost, “and then Asian Americans make 90 cents to the dollar.”

Thanks to King, we can see that pay inequality isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue; it is, as many things are, much more complex.

According to a 2016 Pew Research study, while white women make 82 percent of what white men earn, black women only earn 65 percent of that. Hispanic women fare much worse, taking home 58 percent of a white man’s earnings. Asian women come the closest to pay parity, earning 87 percent as much as white men.

Hopefully, understanding the breadth and depth of the issue will help us take steps to address the problem for all women.

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