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In Brazil Women Earn Up to 70% Less than Men and Blacks 60% Less than Whites

Notwithstanding their higher degree of formal education, Brazilian women receive salaries that average 30% less than their male counterparts.

This information is part of the study, National System of Gender Information, based on the 2000 Census. The study was released yesterday, May 22, by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

For the IBGE technical staff, this inequity is explainable in part by the greater occupation of women in the service sector and in low-paying, less qualified jobs.

The Center-West, Southeast, and South are the regions with the greatest concentration of women who earn less than 70% of what men earn.

The greatest degree of salary equality, according to the IBGE, was observed in the North and Northeast, where salaries are generally lower for members of both sexes.

The same regional differences prevail when race is considered. Salary disparities between whites, on the one hand, and blacks and mulattoes, on the other, are greatest in the Center-West, Southeast, and South and smallest in the North and Northeast.

According to the 2000 Census, blacks and mulattoes earn less than whites in all regions, with the difference attaining nearly 60% in some cases. For black women, the National System of Gender Information found that "the outlook is even bleaker, since they are the victims of double discrimination."

Agência Brasil

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  • Aaron

    Error in your title
    The title says “70% less” but in the first paragraph you say “30% less” (which would be “70% of the total”). The title SHOULD read: either: In Brazil Women Earn 70% of what Men earn and Blacks 60% of what Whites earn
    or: In Brazil Women Earn Up to 30% Less than Men and Blacks 40% Less than Whites

  • Guest

    Re: Wage disparity
    Here you go agin stirring up gender warfare.

    What type of jobs are we talking about here?

    What type are jobs are you comparing?

    Are you comparing Male Lawyers to Female Supermarket Clerks?

    Doctors to Nurses?

    Construction Workers to Receptionists?

    Reveal your statistics and your sample techniques?

    Who did you Sample?

    What questions did you as members of your Sample groups?

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