November 20 wasÂ Latina Equal Pay Day. That means thatâ€™s when the average Latina caught up with what the average white man was paid betweenÂ January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. And yes, it is nearly 2020. Latinas need to work nearly a full extra year to match the white manâ€™s single year.
While women overall make 80 or 81 cents on the white manâ€™s dollar, puttingÂ Equal Pay DayÂ in April, andÂ Black Women’s Equal Pay DayÂ comes in late August since they make 61 cents on the dollar, for Latinas itâ€™s 53 cents for every dollar a white man makes. White women make 77 cents, Asian American women make 85 cents, and Native American women make 58 cents.
â€śAt every level of education, white non-Hispanic men are paid more than Hispanic women. Whatâ€™s also clear from the data is that further education does not close their sizable wage gaps with white non-Hispanic men,â€ť the Economic Policy Institute reports. â€śAs Hispanic women increase their educational attainment, their pay gap with white men generallyÂ increases. The largest dollar gap (more than $18 an hour), occurs for workers with more than a college degree. Even Hispanic women with an advanced degree earn less than white men who only have a bachelorâ€™s degree. That statistic bears repeating: white non-Hispanic men with only a college degree are paid, on average, $6.81Â moreÂ than Latinas with an advanced degree!â€ť
This article was originally published at Daily Kos on November 25, 2019. Reprinted with permission.