We’ll always fight for what we believe, and today is the day to fight for equal pay for Latina women in the United States.
According to LeanIn, their 2018 survey and their studies related to the gender pay gap for Latinas, women of Latino cultures earn 47% less than white men and 31% less than white women (as you’ll see, there’s always a difference, even compared to other women).
Unfortunately, this is an issue that not everyone is aware of since 42% of Americans have zero knowledge about this topic and hiring managers or HR people don’t know about this either.
Another shocking fact for us was that the pay gap starts at an early age. It starts when women are only 16 years old, and instead of making this gap shorter, it only keeps growing. The gap is directly proportional to the education level a white male and a Latina have. For example, there’s a 35% difference between a white man and a Latina woman, even though both have bachelor degrees.
The payment difference also depends on the field of work, for example, in the sales area, an average Latina woman makes around $17,270, while a white male makes $48,716. When it comes to legal jobs, a white male makes an average of $111,854 while a Latina woman makes $40,708. Shocking, right?
It’s upsetting for us. We are women who strongly believe in equality and that we’re as capable, talented and valuable as any other person. The hiring personnel should do their research as well. During the hiring process is when the transparent and honest conversations should be had. Employees are assets and team members and treating them accordingly would improve performance and limit turn around.
Now that we know this information, we have the responsibility to educate and communicate it to others, in order to create more awareness about it. We have teach other people that hard-working Latina women deserve equal pay.
And us, Latinas that are affected by this issue, we have to use every possible communication channel, to raise our voices and fight until we, as our beloved Eva Longoria says, get the whole dollar.
Cheers to all those advocating for this and those who are open to getting uncomfortable with having such important conversations. We hope to see this change in our lifetime!
WE ARE LATINAS AND WE WANT EQUAL PAY NOW.