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#EqualPayDay: Latinas Lowest Paid

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A recent report conducted by the Pew Research Center confirmed that the wage gap has improved overall, narrowing by approximately 20 cents, since 1980. Today, women make 80 cents per each dollar a man is paid. Women of color remain on the lowest end of the pay scale, although everyone lost traction last year.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research all women’s earrings got knocked down a few pegs in 2018, lowering from 81.8% to 81.1%. And as reported by Vox, Latina women’s earrings specifically dropped from 62.1% to 61.6% compared to white, non-Hispanic men’s earnings, the lowest of all ethnic and racial categories.

Research found by the AAUW indicated that the causes for this pay inequality range widely from limited access to education and maternity leave, to a large sector of the population working predominantly in the service industry.

Vox interviewed Sarah Fleisch Fink, the director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families, who clarified, “there’s still a part of the wage gap that is only explained by the fact that sex discrimination remains, and we know that Latinas and black women are at the intersection of a number of types of discrimination.”

The U.S. conducts several #EqualPayDay’s throughout the year and April 2nd pulls the average of all racial groups. Latinas’ Equal Pay Day will occur on Nov. 20, so we’ll check back in then. In the meantime, let’s remember to take our $1.7 trillion in purchasing power to the polls. Pa’lante mujeres!

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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