- March 9 is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Equal Pay Day.
- This is the day on which it would take AAPI women to earn as much as white men did last year.
- AAPI women make 85 cents for every dollar non-Hispanic white men make.
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March 9 is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Equal Pay Day.
This means it takes the typical AAPI woman over an extra two months into 2021 to earn what the median non-Hispanic white man earned in just 2020. According to Equal Pay Day Today, AAPI women make 85 cents for every dollar non-Hispanic white men make. The National Women’s Law Center wrote that the pay gap translates to a monthly loss of about $833 or an annual loss of around $10,000.
Not all women reach equal pay day at the same time in 2021; this varies by race and ethnicity, as does the gender wage gap. AAPI women are the first group to reach the earnings of what non-Hispanic white men made in just 2020. Equal Pay Day for Latina women is October 21 this year, so it takes Latina women almost 300 extra days in 2021 to earn what non-Hispanic white men earned over 2020.
It is important to note that these are approximate days of when women will reach the typical pay of white men in the same positions based on median earnings among different groups.
The pay gap for AAPI women compared to non-Hispanic white men further varies when looking at typical pay of various AAPI women in full-time, year-round positions.
A chart based on 2015-2019 Census data from the Center for American Progress shows the median Burmese woman makes just 52 cents for every dollar the median non-Hispanic white man makes, the largest gap among the communities listed in the chart. Taiwanese, Indian, Chinese, and Malaysian women actually earn a few cents more than every dollar non-Hispanic white men make.
The pay gap for AAPI women can also be seen by occupation. The National Women’s Law Center‘s analysis found that 26.6% of AAPI women are working on the frontlines of the pandemic, earning less than non-Hispanic white men in these same positions. For instance, NWLC found AAPI restaurant servers make 89 cents for every dollar non-Hispanic white men in that occupation make, based on 2015-2019 Census data for full-time, year-round workers.
Layoffs and job losses have also affected Asian Americans as a result of the pandemic’s effect on employment. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, more than half of Asian Americans were likely to report someone in their household lost their job or took a pay cut since February 2020. Around 58% of Hispanic respondents and 54% of Asian respondents reported this, a higher percentage than white and Black respondents.
The symbolic Equal Pay Day for US women overall is later this month, on March 24.