It’s Latina Equal Pay Day. Congress Must Act to End Wage Discrimination, Dismantle Structural Racism and Sexism, and Boost Opportunity for All
“Today serves as a painful reminder of the damaging wage gap Latinas continue to face. In the United States today, Latinas are paid just 57 cents on average for every dollar paid to white men. For Latina moms, the wage gap is even more punitive: just 46 cents on the dollar compared to white dads. More than half of Latina moms are their families’ primary breadwinners, and wage discrimination makes it harder for them to put food on the table, access health care, pay for housing and other necessities, afford child care, save for college and retirement, and more. That’s unjust and unacceptable, and it’s past time for change.
“Latinas have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic, and we cannot have a just recovery without addressing these disparities. Congress must take bold action to close the wage gap for Latinas, and for all women. Ending wage discrimination would boost families, communities, businesses and our economy.”
-Statement of Xochitl Oseguera, Vice President, MamásConPoder
“Because of the wage gap, on average, Latinas would have to work beyond age 100 to be paid what white men are paid by age 60. That’s shameful. The wage gap is racist, it’s sexist, and it’s systemic. It contributes to the wealth gap and the opportunity gap that hurts Latinx children. It must end.
“We are counting on Congress to take bold action to end wage discrimination and build an economy where all of us can thrive. We need the Build Back Better reconciliation package, a robust care infrastructure that will provide permanent paid family and medical leave, high-quality, affordable child care, home- and community-based services for all, and a permanently expanded Child Tax Credit. We need the Senate to join the House in passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and we need the Raise the Wage Act to boost the lowest-paid workers. Finally, we must address the structural racism and sexism that segregates Latinas into low-paying occupations and industries.
“We will continue to raise our voices until the wage gap is closed and no one is shortchanged on her paycheck due to her gender or race.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising