Not really surprising, but also not really talked about.
Conversations about the pay gap should take into account one of our vocab terms from last week, 'intersectional diversity' and think about how women from different types of backgrounds may struggle against additional barriers to equal pay.
When we, as gender equality activists, demand equal pay it is not just for one siloed group of women, but all of them.
The answer does not just lie with employers, of course. What we need is deep societal change, and although that will most likely take generations, we need to fight through those slow returns and keep the pressure on for the sake of the women (of all backgrounds) of the future.
In fact, many minority ethnic women are being “left behind” by pay gap progress, the report said, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi women experiencing the biggest overall gender pay gap at 26 per cent, and Black African women seeing the largest full-time gender pay gap at 19.6 per cent. They also found that many women experiencing the largest pay gaps were in some of the lowest paid jobs. Another “significant contributing factor” to pay gaps, regardless of ethnicity, they said, was the unequal impact of caring roles, with some minority ethnic groups more likely to do unpaid care work.