Today is Latina Equal Pay Day, which marks how much longer into the next year Latina women have to work to be paid what their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts were paid in one year. One year, eleven months, and two days. Take a second and let that soak in. We are in the year and this level of inequality is still with us. Pay inequality is an issue across race and gender, but Latina women suffer more than any other demographic of women in terms of the wage gap. The financial impact of this wage gap is shameful.
The intersectional wage gaps faced by Latina women in the United States
Latina Feminism: National and Transnational Perspectives I The Hampton Institute
November 1 is Latina Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how long into a Latina would have to work in order to be paid the same wages her white male counterpart was paid last year. Put another way, a Latina would have to be in the workforce for 55 years to earn what a non-Hispanic white man would earn after 30 years in the workforce. Unfortunately, Hispanic women are subject to a double pay gap —an ethnic pay gap and a gender pay gap. The date November 1 is based on the finding that Hispanic women workers are paid 54 cents on the white non-Hispanic male dollar, using the March Current Population Survey for median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers. We get similar results when we look at hourly wages for all workers not just full-time workers using the monthly Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group for —which show Hispanic women workers being paid 58 cents on the white male dollar. This gap narrows—but not dramatically—when we control for education, years of experience, and location by regression-adjusting the differences between workers. Using this method, we find that, on average, Latina workers are paid only 66 cents on the dollar relative to white non-Hispanic men.
Latin America’s Working Women
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I embarked on a career in news media because I wanted to use the power of storytelling to make a difference. As I was coming up in the industry, I remember a colleague asked if I would change my name. I refused to change it. I remember when I was a Production Assistant and was invited to sit in on the morning news meeting. Yet even those slights are nothing compared to the pay inequity that most other Latinas face in the workforce.