Appearances and Media


Chang speaks about Women and the wealth gap at stanford’s clayman institute

On the surface, the financial gender gap appears to be closing. Women now earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn, and women under 25 working full-time earn 95% of what their male peers earn. Despite these encouraging developments, sociologist Mariko Chang uncovered a vastly different story. Although women's earnings have risen to 78% of men's, women own only 36% as much wealth. In a talk at the Clayman Institute at Stanford University, Dr. Chang explains the wealth gap, the wealth escalator, debt anchor and more.


discussing wealth inequality on Democracy now!

Mariko Chang and C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network, speak with Democracy Now! on the wealth gap and the “Lifting as we Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America's Future” report.

Using data from the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finances, the 2010 report found nearly half of all single black and Hispanic women have zero or negative wealth, meaning their debts exceed all of their assets. The median wealth for single black women is only $100; for single Hispanic women, $120. This compares to just over $41,000 for single white women.


At Rope's End: Single Women, Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S.

On May 20, 2011, Washington Area Women's Foundation and the Urban Institute co-sponsored the Stepping Stones Research Briefing, an annual event at which panelists discuss the latest research on the economic security of low-income, women-headed families.

Mariko Chang discussed her research in a presentation called "At Rope's End: Single Women, Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S." In this clip Mariko talks about a new way of looking at single women, wealth and assets.


Shortchanged: Understanding the Women’s Wealth Gap

In this PowerPoint presentation*, Mariko Chang shares findings from her research on the wealth gap, which is based on data from the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finances and interviews with more than 50 women and men.

Dr. Chang also explains the political implications of this economic disparity and what can be done about it.

*This presentation does not include audio.