Latina Equal Pay Day is hereseven months after the first Equal Pay Day
Seven months ago, women marked Equal Pay Day—the day women had to work until in 2017 to earn what men did in 2016.
The April 4 date was based on an average statistic—80 cents to the dollar—that lumps all women’s earnings together. More than half a year later, Thursday marks Latina Equal Pay Day.
Latina women earn 54 cents for every dollar white men make. It takes just two months shy of two years for Latina women to earn what white men did in the single year prior. In other words, an extra 10 months.
Latina Equal Pay Day follows Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in July, Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day in September, Asian-American Women’s Equal Pay Day in March, and the aforementioned averaged Equal Pay Day in April.
The occasion isn’t one for celebration—but it is one for reflection and action.
“Latina Equal Pay Day is dead last,” actress and activist Eva Longoria wrote for Fortune. “Out of the major demographic groups in the U.S., we make the least per dollar compared to white men. For every dollar white men make, Latinas make 54 cents. That’s like ripping a dollar bill in half—or like working an entire week, but only getting paid through Wednesday afternoon. At this rate, to earn what white men earn by age 60, Latina women would have to work until they’re 90.”
“I know these averages are not our fate,” Jackie Cruz, who stars in Orange Is the New Black, wrote for Lenny. “We can’t let these statistics keep us from striving, from reaching for the stars, from achieving the impossible. Indeed, we are pushing back. I see Latinas kicking ass everywhere I go.”