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Gendered Jobs and Gendered Pay: The Relationship Between Sexism, Racism, and Ableism, and Personal Care Aide Wages

Journal Article Wages & Benefits
September 3, 2020

There is currently a personal care staffing crisis in the United States, with astronomical turnover, largely due to low wages. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between ableism, racism, and sexism, and states’ personal care aide (PCA) wages in the United States. We analyzed data about personal care aide wages, and prejudice data from 4.7 million people.

Key Takeaways

Findings revealed a significant relationship between states’ average personal care aide wages and their sexism.
A significant relationship between ableism and PCA wages was not found, but more research may be needed.
PCA wages are often based on more than their contributions alone, or even the states’ ability to pay wages.

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