Moms Leaders On Latina Equal Pay Day: Congress Must Help Close the Extreme Wage Gap Latinas Face
“Today is a painful annual reminder that Latinas continue to face some of the most damaging wage gaps of any racial or ethnic group in the United States. On average, Latinas working full-time are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Latina moms face an even more extreme wage gap of just 46 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic dads. These punitive gaps persist across occupations and levels of education, and they harm individuals, families, communities and our economy.
“The pay gaps Latinas face is appalling and unacceptable. Everyone deserves to be paid fairly, and no one should be shortchanged on her paycheck because of her gender or race, or because she is a mom. We must close these racist, sexist wage gaps for Latinas and for all women.”
-- Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO, MomsRising
“Congress must make closing wage gaps a top priority and pass badly-needed legislation to combat them. We demand the U.S. Senate quickly pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, already passed by the U.S. House, which would be a huge step forward for equal pay. Lawmakers should also prioritize policies that tackle the root causes of these wage gaps and promote economic security for families, including anti-discrimination protections for pregnant workers, raising the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, affordable childcare and earned sick days.
“Latinas should not have to work nearly 23 months to be paid what white, non-Hispanic men are paid in 12. The moms of America will continue to raise our voices until all wage gaps are closed.”
-- Xochitl Oseguera, national director, MamásConPoder