Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to close, but Latinx activists aren’t about to let America off easy. Much of the month was filled with celebrations and commemorations of Latinx and South American history.
But today, on
#LatinaEqualPayDay, they set off a Twitter firestorm, pulling out facts and figures let and right to make an indisputable call for strong and swift state protections for Latina women.
Because no one should have to choose between putting food on the table and paying for health care.
1. According to the American Fed. of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations:
2,844,852 family households in the United States are headed by Latinas and 41% of them live in poverty. It is time for #LatinaEqualPay!
— AFL-CIO 🇺🇸 | #AFLCIOVotes (@AFLCIO) October 15, 2015
2. According to AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer:
Latinas make 55% of what white men earn. For Latina union members this gap shrinks 17 points. #LatinaEqualPay #IgualdadSalarial
— Liz Shuler (@LizShuler) October 15, 2015
3. According to No Teen Shame founder:
4. According to Fort Worth-Dallas’s elected representative:
Hispanic women make up about 1/3 of service industry where workers paid by the hour & at lower pay scale #LatinaEqualPay
— Rep. Marc Veasey (@RepVeasey) October 15, 2015
5. According to the American Fed. of State, County & Municipal Employees:
Latinas bear the biggest brunt of the gender wage gap. atinas earn just $.56 for every dollar that white men earn. #LatinaEqualPay #1u
— AFSCME (@AFSCME) October 15, 2015
6. According to the National Women’s Law Center:
Latinas w/associate's degrees make less than white men without high school degrees. That's definitely not #IgualdadSalarial. #LatinaEqualPay
— National Women's Law Center (@nwlc) October 15, 2015
7. According to the American Assoc. of University Women:
Think 79¢ is bad? The pay gap is worse for women of color. http://t.co/sKA8miK2qF #LatinaEqualPay #equalpay pic.twitter.com/aYNbyR1nX9
— AAUW (@AAUW) October 15, 2015
8. According to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law:
Latinas have to work until Oct. 30th, 2015 (and all of 2014) to earn what white men earned on average in 2014 alone. Not OK! #LatinaEqualPay
— Shriver Center (@shrivercenter) October 15, 2015
9. According to MomsRising.org:
More than ⅔ of U.S. voters favor policies that would address gender discrimination, including the #wagegap. #LatinaEqualPay
— MamásConPoder (@MamasConPoder) October 15, 2015
10. According to the National Partnership for Women & Families:
If we closed the wage gap, an avg Latina worker would earn enough to pay her mortgage & utilities for 16 months. h/t @NPWF #LatinaEqualPay
— Equal Rights Advocates (@EqualRightsAdv) October 15, 2015
In most states, Latina women suffer the worst from the wage gap. So…where’s the action, Congress?