Here's How Much Money Women Actually Make

Mar 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Harriet Tubman
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Remember when, in 2016, the Obama administration announced plans to put abolitionist and underground railroad hero Harriet Tubman on the face of the new $20 bill? Ah, the good old days. Over a year later, in January 2018, Treasury leader under Trump, Steve Mnuchin said he hadn't made any decisions about whether they would or would not change the bill. Womp-womp.

Who knows whether the Harriet Tubman $20 bill will come to fruition, but here's something we do know: Harriet Tubman wouldn't have earned equal pay for her work today. The lives Harriet Tubman worked so hard to save are still being undervalued in America. 

Most people are familiar with the stat that women make 78 cents to the dollar of a white man, but women of color fare much worse. According to the Economic Policy Institute, Black women make 65 cents to a white man’s dollar on average for the same work. The American Association of University Women reports that Native American women make just 57 cents on average.

We wondered: How much would $20 be worth if it were adjusted to the rate women are really making? We paired today's wages with powerful women figures from history to illustrate the answers.

1 /7: Asian-American Women: $0.88 on the Dollar

A $20 dollar bill featuring Yuri Kochiyama, modified to show she would only make $19.40 with the wage gap for women
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1/7 :Asian-American Women: $0.88 on the Dollar

2 /7: Black Women: $0.65 on the Dollar

A $20 dollar bill featuring Harriet Tubman, modified to show she would only make $13.02 with the wage gap for women
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2/7 :Black Women: $0.65 on the Dollar

3 /7: Hispanic Women: $0.59 on the Dollar

A $20 dollar bill featuring Dolores Huerta, modified to show she would only make $11.86 with the wage gap for women
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3/7 :Hispanic Women: $0.59 on the Dollar

4 /7: White Women: $0.81 on the Dollar

A $20 dollar bill featuring Mary Walker, modified to show she would only make $16.20 with the wage gap for women
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4/7 :White Women: $0.81 on the Dollar

5 /7: Native Americans & Alaska Natives: $0.57 on the Dollar

A $20 bill featuring Sarah Winnemucca
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5/7 :Native Americans & Alaska Natives: $0.57 on the Dollar

6 /7: Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians: $0.59 on the Dollar

A $20 dollar bill featuring Lili'uokalani, modified to show she would only make $11.80 with the wage gap for women
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6/7 :Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians: $0.59 on the Dollar

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A pin graphic illustrating how much women would make based on race with the current wage gap
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