Latina Equal Pay Day: Eleven Months Later Latinas Finally Catch Up to the Average White Man

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National Equal Pay Day for white women was April 19, but it requires much more time for Latinas to catch up to the money the average white man made the year before. That’s because on average, Latinas are paid 53 cents for every dollar made by a white male employee.


Latina Equal Pay Day marks how long it takes for Latinas to catch up, which requires almost two years of full-time, year-round work. This year it falls on November 20, but with last year’s Latina Equal Pay Day on November 2, that means that things have gotten worse instead of better for Latina workers.

“Latinas and our work are grossly undervalued. Across every education level, industry and sector, Latinas are not being paid the full value for our work,” said Mónica Ramírez, President of Justice for Migrant Women and Latina Equal Pay Day Organizer.

According to National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), Latinas are commonly domestic workers, working as janitors, building cleaners, maids and housekeepers. Those working a full-time, year-round, low-wage job typically make $21,000 annually compared to a white male who would make $30,000 working a similar job. For the more higher waged jobs such as lawyers and physicians, NWLC states that Latinas are typically paid $63,000 annually compared to the $105,000 white men are paid with those same jobs, adding to an annual loss to Latinas of $42,000 each year.

Nearly one in eight women lived in poverty in 2018, according to NWLC, which include 18 percent of Latinas. Nearly one in four Latinx children lived in poverty as well, with nearly two in five poor Latinx children raised by an unmarried mother.

Compared to other female demographics, Latinas are paid the least. American Association of University Women (AAUW) shared that Black women make 62 cents on the dollar made by a white male while Asian women make 89 cents on the dollar.

Despite the fact that the Latinx community makes up a smaller percentage of the overall US population we are impacting the US economy tremendously & still Latinas are paid $.54 cents to every $1 a white man makes. We deserve more and demand for more. #LatinaEqualPay Day is 11/20 pic.twitter.com/ux6rHuqaug
— Rizos Curls (@RizosCurls) November 14, 2019

Ramírez continues that this low pay is a direct correlation with how Latinas are treated in society, at work, and in the way that they are portrayed by the media and entertainment.

“If messaging is constantly geared toward the masses that we are underprepared, uneducated and unskilled, then that is the messaging that employers are also receiving about us, which, in part, results in discrimination against us,” said Ramírez. “We also cannot separate other types of violations against us from the pay gap that we experience. There is a direct connection to the widespread sexual harassment against Latina workers, especially those in low-paying jobs, with the wage gap that we suffer, not to mention other kinds of employment abuses and the lack of protection under basic employment laws.”

That is why Ramírez says it’s so critical that people across the U.S. join Justice for Migrant Women, Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Equal Pay Today and the over 120 organizations that have signed on to speak out against the lack of equal pay on Latina Equal Pay Day as well as promote the solutions that are required to close the pay gap through continued advocacy, educational summits and conferences.

Luz Collective is joining these organizations for the Latina Equal Pay Day National Summit on Wednesday, November 20, in Washington, DC. Luz Collective CEO Lucy Flores will speak with Jacqueline Priego, the co-creator of the web series Pinkslipped, about using pop culture as a tool for change.

Pinkslipped addresses equal pay in its show that shares the story of three Latinx friends dealing with issues in the workforce.

Some of the other summit topics include understanding how the pay gap is calculated and who is counted and how it impacts Latina workers. Beatriz Acevedo, founder of the Latinx digital media brand mitú, is the keynote speaker.

Everyone is invited to join a national social media storm at 2pm ET on Wednesday November 20 to demand equal pay for all Latinas, no matter where they work, and to raise awareness on the issue with the hashtags #LatinaEqualPay, #LatinxEqualPay, #DemandMore, #PaycheckFairness and #Trabajadoras on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“Latina workers, our families and our economy are suffering,” said Ramírez. “Employers must take urgent action to remedy this problem.”

For more information on Latina Equal Pay Day, visit latinaequalpay.org.

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The landscape of abortion rights in the United States has become more restrictive than ever in recent history, particularly in Arizona and Florida, where recent developments represent a major setback for women’s reproductive rights. On April 9, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in a 4-to-2 decision to uphold an 1864 law banning abortion from the moment of conception. The only exception is saving the mother’s life, but there are no exceptions for rape or incest under this law.

Just a few days earlier, on April 1, the Florida Supreme Court also ruled in favor of upholding a 6-week abortion ban, which will take effect on May 1. This further reduced the legal threshold for abortions in Florida, which used to be 24 weeks of pregnancy before Republicans passed a law in 2022 banning abortions after 15 weeks. Both of these rulings have sparked intense debate and outrage about their impact on women’s rights.

Overview of the Near-Total Abortion Ban in Arizona

The Arizona Supreme Court voted to uphold an 1864 law, a law passed even before the state officially was a part of the United States of America, that makes all types of abortion illegal, including medication abortion, from the moment of conception. Though there are exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, the ban makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest and imposes severe penalties, including imprisonment, on medical professionals performing abortions.

Medical professionals have spoken out about how dire the situation will become for women with this near-total abortion ban. Dr. Jill Gibson, chief medical director of Planned Parenthood in Arizona, told CNN that this ruling will have “absolutely unbelievable consequences for the patients in our community.” She continued by saying, “Providers need to be able to take care of their patients without fear of legal repercussions and criminalization.”

Representatives from Arizona and other states across the country have also spoken up against this near-total abortion ban.

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Until this Arizona Supreme Court decision, abortion had been legal in the state up to 15 weeks of pregnancy. The right to abortion via Roe v. Wade prevented the enforcement of the near-total abortion ban, but since a majority vote in the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe, those opposed to abortion rights had been fighting to enforce the 160-year-old 1864 law.

This new abortion ban in Arizona is not effective immediately as the court has paused its ruling for 14 days until additional arguments are heard in a lower court about how constitutional the law is. However, the law will likely come into effect in May, a few weeks from now. Planned Parenthood Arizona, the largest abortion provider in the state, will continue serving the community until the ban is enforced.

An Overview of Florida's Six-Week Abortion Ban

The landscape of abortion in Florida has also undergone a significant change with the enforcement of a 6-week abortion ban, replacing the previous 15-week limit. This ban, similar to Arizona's, severely restricts access to abortion care and poses a significant challenge to reproductive rights in the state. Providers are bracing for a public health crisis due to the increased demand for abortion and limited options for patients.

Practically speaking, a 6-week abortion ban is a near-total abortion ban because pregnant people often don’t even realize they could be pregnant by this early stage. Combined with Florida’s strict abortion requirements, which include mandatory in-person doctor visits with a 24-hour waiting period, it’s nearly impossible for those who may want an abortion to be able to access it before 6 weeks. Not to mention that fulfilling the requirements is particularly challenging for low-income individuals.

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Moreover, this Florida law also restricts telemedicine for abortion and requires that medication be provided in person, effectively eliminating mail-order options for abortion pills. While exceptions for rape and incest exist in Florida, the requirements are also strict, asking victims to provide police records or medical records. For victims who don’t always report sexual violence for many different reasons, these exceptions don’t make a difference.

The consequences of Florida’s ban extend to neighboring states with more restrictive abortion laws. For instance, residents of Alabama, facing a total ban on abortion, and Georgia, with its own 6-week abortion ban, have relied on Florida for abortion services. That will no longer be an option, further limiting care alternatives.

The Road Ahead

These recent abortion bans in Arizona and Florida are a major setback for women's rights, particularly impacting Latina women who already face barriers to accessing quality healthcare. These bans not only restrict women’s reproductive freedom but also endanger their lives.

Efforts to challenge these bans through legal means and ballot measures are ongoing, but the road ahead is uncertain. While there’s hope for overturning these abortion bans, the challenges of conservative laws and legal battles are formidable. The November ballot in both states will be crucial in determining the future of abortion rights and access for all.