Vermillion: Wage gap in the US: Latinas must work almost twice as hard to earn the same as a man

October 25. 2023

ERA Policy Director & Deputy Legal Director Jessica Ramey Stender is featured in The Vermillion, in an article about the wage gap for Latina women:

“That is a horrible number. In other words, a Latina woman has to work almost twice as hard, almost two years, to earn what a non-Hispanic white man earned in 2022. And that is not acceptable,”…[said] Jessica Stender, Director of Legal Policy at the Human Rights advocacy group Equal Rights Advocates…

This means “less money that a Latina woman has to pay rent, for food, to buy diapers. Latina women and their families have fewer resources for their daily lives, less money to save in case they need it for retirement or if there is a medical emergency,” indicated ERA’s Director of Legal Policy, Jessica Stender.

For Stender, several factors influence the “slow” closing of this gap, including the still current “discrimination in pay” even though it is prohibited at the federal level, occupational segregation, the lack of salary transparency and paid leave. for women who have to take care of family members or children.

Read the article.


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