Quarters in the Court: How the Gender Pay Gap Affects Black Women in Law

23 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020 Last revised: 4 Feb 2021

Date Written: February 28, 2020


Women constitute almost half of the national workforce. For half of American families, they are the sole source of income or they are a co-breadwinner. They earn more degrees than men. They work in a broad spectrum of professions and industries and they serve in a multitude of capacities, from administrators to upper management to laborers and everything between. Despite these things, women are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Efforts to address this have been fodder for discussion for some time. Currently, less than 1% of elected prosecutors are Black women, less than 8% of judges are Black Women in State Trial Courts and State Appellate courts respectively, and a report from the National Association for Law Placement found that Black Women make up about 1.73% of all attorneys included in their survey. This paper seeks to address the ways that the Gender Pay Gap affects Black women in the legal field and how the legal profession can place equity in pay at the base of its mission.

Keywords: gender pay gap, equal pay, law, legal profession, Black Women, intersectionality, legislation, pay equity, law firms, lawyers, judges, women, race, gender

JEL Classification: J13, J71, Z38

Suggested Citation

McAllister, LaCrisha, Quarters in the Court: How the Gender Pay Gap Affects Black Women in Law (February 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3576299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3576299

LaCrisha McAllister (Contact Author)

Southern University Law Center ( email )

Baton Rouge, LA
United States

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