Uriah Carter


No Money, Mo’ Problems: How Race & Gender Impact Pay Inequity Among Black Women


The 1970s re-emergence of women in the American workforce was a cultural shift that led to sociocultural and political change. Black women, however, have always been present, yet severely underpaid. Black women being unfairly compensated in America has been a prevalent issue in the American economy and financial structure. This problem arises from the roots of racism, sexism, and occupational segregation. The results of such pay inequities are the decline in the quality of life for Black women regarding education, healthcare, housing, and much more. Utilizing the theoretical frameworks of Black Feminist Theory and Critical Race Theory, a new perspective on the Black women’s pay gap will allow the issue to be viewed from an administrative lens with implications to social work practice. The aim of this presentation is to explore Black women’s employment and compensation throughout American history, identify how race and gender intersectionally play a role with their current pay inequity, and introduce the Organization Compensation Equity Strategy Guide (OCESG), a cultural-general model to ensure compensation equity for all underserved communities and decrease the pay gap inflicted upon Black women.


Uriah L. Carter, MSW is the Associate Director of Council and Organization Development at the University of Kentucky Fraternity & Sorority Life. Ms. Carter graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in 2019. Ms. Carter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and expected to graduate in May of 2024. Ms. Carter’s work within higher education consists of various roles such as student affairs, class instruction, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and healthcare. Ms. Carter has presented at conferences such as Kentucky Association of Professional African-American Women (KAPAAW), UK Women’s Forum, and the Sister Circle Forum. Ms. Carter’s presentation topics include DEI, leadership, supporting BIPOC communities and students, professional development, and more. Ms. Carter’s research interests focus on DEI with a specific focus on the advancement of Black Women. Ms. Carter’s professional goal is to have a successful career in diversity, equity and inclusion by way of education, advocacy, and social work.