Washington, DC–– This Thursday, November 2, is Latina Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of days into the new year Latina women have to work to close the drastic pay gap between their earnings and non-Hispanic white men’s earnings.
Lizet Ocampo, political director of People For the American Way, released the following statement in advance of #LatinaEqualPay Day:
“Latina women across the workforce deserve a level playing field now. No Latina should have to work an extra 10 months to make what one man makes in a year—that’s 54 cents for every dollar compared to white men.
“To achieve equal pay, we need to support candidates and elected officials—including Latina candidates—who are committed to closing the pay gap for Latinas. On #LatinaEqualPay Day, and every day, representation is important for the millions of Latinas struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families.
“The future of equal pay lies with voters who have the opportunity to support elected officials who will stand up for equality and justice for all Latinas and end the need for #LatinaEqualPay Day once and for all.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.