Five Ways to Fight the Pay Gap on Latina Equal Pay Day

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November 20, 2019 is Latina Equal Pay Day — the day when an average Latina’s earnings catch up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year. In other words, Latinas have to work 23 months to make what white men earn in 12 months.

TIME’S UP PAY UP. We’re not waiting any longer. 

More than 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act of 1963,  yet women in the United States — and Latinas in particular — are still not being paid what they are owed. 

TIME’S UP Community members Diane Guerrero and America Ferrera celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with Latinx House co-founders Monica Ramirez, Olga Segura, and Alex Martinez Kondracke. Latinx House is a new home for activism, art, and community by Latinx individuals. © Kim Garcia
  • In 2019, Latinas earned just 54 cents for every dollar earned by white men. 
  • At the current pace, Latinx women will have to wait 205 YEARS to earn the same pay as white men. 
  • Fifty-three percent of Latina mothers are breadwinners for their families. For them, the pay gap means less money to pay rent, keep food on the table, or send a child to college.

Here’s how you can help close the gap

From state legislatures to soccer fields, TIME’S UP is on the frontlines of the fight for gender equity — but change only happens when millions of people speak out.  

  1. Get the facts about the pay gap. Nineteen states and 17 localities have enacted salary history bans, meaning it may be illegal for your employer to ask during the hiring process about what you previously earned. Find out if you live in one of those states. 
  2. Support the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive bill that seeks to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, is awaiting action in the U.S. Senate. Add your name to our petition to show your support for pay equity. 
  3. Ask candidates running for office about their plan to close the gender and racial pay gap. Voters widely agree that pay inequality needs to be addressed. Whether it’s candidates for president, mayor, or city council, they can help solve this problem. Tweet this to give pay equity the attention it deserves.
  4. Eliminate the pay gap in your workplace. Employers don’t have to wait for laws to make an impact. If you are an employer, you can conduct an annual assessment of the median pay gap to identify and then create a plan to close any gender or racial pay gaps. You can also post salary ranges in job postings and stop using salary history information when deciding whether to hire or what to pay someone. And you can support pay transparency within your organization by eliminating rules that prohibit workers from asking about or discussing their pay
  5. Understand your levers of power. Whether you’re a shareholder who can propose pay equity resolutions or an artist who can tell the story of the pay gap, we all have the power to shape the conversation and push for change.
  6. Finally, join the TIME’S UP community. Text NOW to 306-44 or enter your information below to join our fight to ensure Latinas — and all women — are paid fairly. And please support this work by donating here.