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Survey: The pay gap for Latina women is growing


Nov. 20 was Latina Equal Pay Day in the United States, marking the number of days Latina women need to work extending into 2019 to earn what white men made in 2018 alone. Not only is that nearly double the amount of time, but Latina Equal Pay Day is actually 18 days later in 2019 than it was last year. This means Latinas in the United States lost 1 cent compared with white men’s earnings — from 54 cents to 53 cents on the dollar.

According to LeanIn.org, who conducted the Latina Equal Pay Survey, no matter what their job, where they live or how much education or experience they have, Latinas are still paid less than white men. They’re also paid significantly less than white women, earning 31% less — a gap researchers say nearly half of America doesn’t know exists.

Here are some other key findings from LeanIn.org’s Latina Equal Pay Survey:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 Americans is not aware of the pay gap between Latinas and white men.

  • For every 100 men who are promoted to manager, only 68 Latinas are promoted. This “broken rung” results in more Latinas getting stuck at entry level.

  • Latinas are paid less than white men for doing the same jobs. They also ask for promotions and raises at higher rates than white men, but they get worse results.

  • The pay gap actually widens for Latina women at higher education levels.

  • From age 16, Latina girls are paid less than boys the same age — and the gap only grows from there.

  • If paid fairly, the average Latina would earn over $1.1 million more over the course of her career.

See the full report at LeanIn.org.

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