The Little Market is committed to using our platform to advocate for the most underrepresented communities and to raise awareness about human rights and social justice issues, including access, equity, inclusion, and barriers to education and employment. Keep reading to learn more about Latina Equal Pay Day.
Today, we recognize Latina Equal Pay Day to commemorate the important contributions Latinas make to the U.S. and global economies. On this day, we acknowledge the significant disparities they face in their income potential and professional advancement, regardless of occupation and educational attainment.
Latinas are chronically underpaid for their labor. According to EqualPayDay.org, on average, Latinas earn “55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months.”1
Latinas are making significant inroads in educational attainment. According to a 2019 report by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and Comcast NBCUniversal, in the U.S., Millennial Latinas with an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree grew from 17 percent in 2000 to 30 percent in 2017. However, regardless of occupation, Latinas are generally paid less than their white counterparts with similar experience and qualifications.2
The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected economic outcomes for many across the world. Within this context, economists have identified Latinas as a disproportionately vulnerable group. They are exiting the workforce at alarmingly high rates. In the U.S. over 324,000 Latinas left the job market in September 2020 alone.3 This figure is projected to increase as the economy continues contracting due to the pandemic.
1 “Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day.” EqualPayToday.org. 2020. Web.
2 Aviles, Gwen. “More Latinas have college degrees, but they’re still making less than white males.” NBC News. Nov. 20, 2019. Accessed Oct. 27, 2020. Web.
3Horsley, Scott. “‘Something Has To Give’: Latinas Leaving Workforce At Faster Rate Than Other Groups.” National Public Radio. NPR. Oct. 27, 2020. Accessed Oct. 27, 2020. Web.
National Women’s Law Center. (NWLC).
“Latinas Powering Forward: Defining the Cultural Narrative and Reaching New Horizons.” NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and Comcast NBC Universal.” 2019.