Take Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap on Latinas’ Equal Pay Day

Hispanic women and Latinas are paid 54 cents for every dollar paid to white men in the United States.
November 2, 2017


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Thursday, November 2, marks Latinas’ Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day when Hispanic and Latina women’s earnings “catch up” to non-Hispanic white men’s earnings from the previous year. Latinas are paid 54 percent of what non-Hispanic white men are paid. That means it takes Latinas almost an entire extra year of full-time, year-round work in order to be paid what the average non-Hispanic white man took home by December 31.

Latinas’ Equal Pay Day marks a powerful moment for national action. There are many things individuals, employers, and the government can do to help close the gender pay gap. Here are ways you can take action to close the gender pay gap in observance of Latinas’ Equal Pay Day.

1. Tell Congress that women can’t afford to wait for equal pay.

Urge your members of Congress to support strong, effective legislation to close the gender pay gap. AAUW has long called for federal action to address the gender pay gap, but we know that not all reforms are created equal. We want to see meaningful solutions such as the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Fair Pay Act.

2. Join the official #LatinaEqualPay Twitter storm.

Raise your voice! Join the Twitter storm from 2 to 3 p.m. ET on November 2. We’ll share new data; explain the pay gap; suggest solutions; and, with your help, agitate for change. Follow @AAUW and use hashtag #LatinaEqualPay.

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3. Empower the women in your community to negotiate their salaries.

Our AAUW Work Smart and AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation programs is helping close the gender pay gap, one workshop at a time. Informed by our research, the workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits. Attend a workshop, train to become a facilitator, or host the program for your campus or community.

4. Become an AAUW member.

AAUW has been studying the gender pay gap since 1894, when we first analyzed the pay of college-educated women. Today we fight to close the pay gap by offering salary negotiation workshops, providing case support to plaintiffs seeking fair pay, and advocating legislative action on equal pay at the federal, state, and local levels. By becoming a member today, you can amplify our work to improve the lives of women and girls in your community and beyond.

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