In April, we paused to mark the day when women overall finally earned as much as white men did in 2016. Black women didn’t catch up until July, and Native American women’s pockets achieved equivalent fullness in September. And this week finally marks Latina Equal Pay Day, which means Hispanic women had to work an additional 306 days in order to earn the same salary their white male peers made in a single year.
These contrasts might seem like trite figures, until one considers, based on a projection from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, that Hispanic women may not achieve equal pay with white men until the year 2233. But this is about so much more than statistics — we wanted to hear first-person accounts of Latina women who are fighting against salary discrimination.