The gender pay gap is more than just a statistic – it affects real women and real families. The gender pay gap causes real damages and perpetuates income inequality for women of color. Latinas would be making $26,095 more on average each year if there were no gender pay gap. This adds up to 3.7 year's worth of food for their families, approximately 12,342 more gallons of gas, or 27 more months of rent each year. This amount of money could allow a Latina and her family to rise above the poverty line or jump from one socioeconomic tier to another.
As you can read in the bar chart above, there are actually six Equal Pay Days. For example, in November every year we bring attention to the gender-based inequity in wages for Latinas, but this inequity intersects with other identities, including race and ethnicity. Each of the days represents the amount of time into the NEXT YEAR that a woman in each group would have to work to earn the same amount of money a non-Hispanic white man, doing the same job, earned the previous year. Latina women work more almost an entire extra year to earn what non-Hispanic white men doing the same work earn in one year.
On average this is what women earn compared to White, non-Hispanic Men:
Latinas November 1, 2018 $.53 (cents) Earning almost half as much as white non-Hispanic men in a year as well as earning less than every other woman.
Native American September 27, 2018 $.55 (cents)
Mothers May 30, 2018 $.69 (cents) all moms compared to all dads
White April 17, 2018 $.77 (cents)
Asian-American February 22, 2018 $.85 (cents)
(above data from equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays)
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La Cumbre advocates
La Cumbre advocates for a wide range of economic justice issues affecting Latinas, from the sticky floor of poverty to opportunities that crack the glass ceiling. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security, pension reform, and much more.
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