Latinas should not have to work nearly 10 months longer to catch up to white men. We must commit to ending caregiving penalties for women, especially Latinas, and low-wage workers.
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez attends a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in October 2019. (Instagram)
Thursday, Oct. 21, marks Latina Equal Pay Day—but it’s not a cause for celebration. It marks 10 months into 2021: the time it has taken for Latinas in America to catch up to the earnings which white men achieved at the end of 2020, for an equal amount of work. This should outrage all Americans.
As we move closer to equal pay for equal work, we must not forget that for Latinas and other women of color, the wage gap is the most dramatic, hindering our economy and leaving millions of working families behind.
With a wage gap of 57 cents, Latinas should not have to work nearly 10 months longer to catch up to white men. For Latina…