Latinas Will Wait Two More Centuries for Equal Pay at Current Rate

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Clark | 202-785-5100 |
clark@iwpr.org

 

On Latinas Equal Pay Day, a new estimate shows slow progress on closing the wage gap, especially for women of color

Washington, DC— If trends over the past three decades continue, Hispanic women will not see equal pay with White men until 2224—206 years from now—according to a new projection released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in advance of Latinas’ Equal Pay Day on November 1—the day symbolizing how far into the year that Latinas must work to earn what White men earned in the previous year.

In 2017, Hispanic women earned 53 cents for every dollar earned by a White man. An IWPR analysis based on new data released in September by the U.S. Census Bureau found that, at the median, Hispanic women who work full-time for an entire year receive pay (at $32,315) low enough to qualify a family of four for food stamps.

IWPR has previously found that women overall will not see equal pay until 2059, but the pace of change varies significantly by race and ethnicity. The exceptionally slow pace of progress for Hispanic women, for instance, is nearly two centuries behind when White women should expect to see equal pay with White men (2055). Black women are not projected to see equal pay until 2119, just over a century from now.

IWPR’s previous research includes a number of policy recommendations to address pay inequality and the low wages of Hispanic women, including raising the minimum wage, fully enforcing non-discrimination laws, preventing wage theft, improving women’s access to good jobs, higher education, paid leave, and affordable child care.

Economist and IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., commented on the analysis:

“Research shows that higher minimum wages, union representation, and equal pay and employment practices would help Latinas increase their earnings substantially. Equal pay alone would reduce poverty among working women by half and 2.5 million children with working mothers would be lifted out of poverty. It’s past time for women to have equal pay. Latinas should not have to wait more than two centuries to see pay equality.”

 

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. IWPR also works in collaboration with the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University.

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