Talking about the wage gap can be taboo. But, if women don’t stand up to ensure we’re equally paid, who will? An essential step in creating an equal and just society is guaranteeing everyone is valued equally.
October 29, 2020 is Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day; the last equal pay day of the year. This means Latina women are paid the least across all other demographics. It takes approximately 23 months to make what their white male counterparts made in the previous year. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) estimates that over a 40 year career the average Latina will lose $1,000,000 in income. Women of color are disproportionately affected by the wage gap, despite women of color contributing so much to the uniqueness of society.
We need to advocate for Latina women to ensure they are paid equally for their contributions. Use your political power to take action. This issue can’t wait 118 years! Whether it be yourself or a friend, we all deserve to be treated equally. Here are five ways we can take action TODAY to ensure we receive equal pay for equal work.
- Have a conversation with a friend about the wage gap. Ensure they know how to advocate for themselves.
- Attend a workshop about salary negotiations. You deserve to be valued for your work! Check out our conversation with JP Morgan Chase on salary negotiations.
- Ask Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act today by signing the petition and sharing on your social media.
- Get involved with legislative advocacy to learn more about how you can drive change for your community.
- Vote for candidates and initiatives that aim to address pay inequities for all Americans.