MomsRising Recognizes Latina Equal Pay Day, Calls For Immediate Action to Close the Wage Gap for Latina Women
November 1, 2016
Today, November 1st, is Latina Equal Pay Day - a day to mark how Latinas in the United States have to work ALL of 2015 and until November 1st of 2016 to finally earn as much as white men earned in 2015 alone. On average, Latina women make only 54 cents for every dollar paid to a white man for equal work. MomsRising argues that this incredibly large pay gap, the highest in the nation, hurts women, families and our national economy and MomsRising marks the day to highlight the urgent need for action to close the wage gap for Latina women.
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org, issued the following statement commemorating Latina Equal Pay Day:
“You may have heard the stat that, despite the fact that women make up half the workforce and earn more college degrees than men, women on average still only earn 80 cents on the dollar. But the fact is that stat only tells part of the story. The wage gap for mothers and women of color is much worse. In fact the average Latina earns only 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men. As we mark Latina Equal Pay Day today, it is critical that we recognize the dangerous pay gap between Latina women workers and their white male counterparts - with Latina women earning only 54 cents for every dollar paid to a white man.
“Across industries, Latina women and mothers being left in the dust by a system that ensures they have to spend decades doing the same quality of work longer than a white, non-Hispanic man in order to catch up to an equal paycheck.
“It is time for the United States to face the facts that have been proven time and time again: when mothers and women of color do better in the workforce, the entire nation does better. We cannot sit back and watch as an extreme pay gap holds back both Latina women and their families and our national economy too. Right now, Latinas’ earnings just aren’t cutting it. The ability to take care of our families is something that each and every American deserves.”
“The good news is that solutions are possible. We can close the wage gap. Studies show that passing family economic security policies -- like paid family leave, affordable childcare, sick days, and a living wage -- all help lower the wage gap. In addition, pay transparency and non-discrimination policies help close the wage gap too. Momentum is growing for these policies and together we can raise all boats. We will soon have a new President and Congress and they MUST work together to close the wage gap and ensure that we are no longer forced to mark another “Equal Pay Day” again.”
In commemoration of Latina Equal Pay Day, MomsRising’s more than 1 million members in the US will take part in actions on Twitter and social media calling attention to the pay gap and urging immediate action to ensure that Latina women receive equal pay for equal work.