Nov. 1 is Latina Equal Pay Day

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Economic Policy Institue
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Economic Policy Institue

Latina workers earn about 54 cents for every dollar earned by white men. And so Nov. 1 will be the day when Latina pay through 2017 plus thus far into 2018 will catch up with what white men earned in 2017.

“Put another way, a Latina would have to be in the workforce for 55 years to earn what a non-Hispanic white man would earn after 30 years in the workforce,” the Economic Policy Institute notes. “Unfortunately, Hispanic women are subject to a double pay gap – an ethnic pay gap and a gender pay gap.”

The double pay gap crosses occupations. For instance, white men make more than Latina workers whether they work in cleaning, or in software development. Education is not an equalizer, either. Even with advanced degrees, Latinas earn less than white men who only have a four-year degree.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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