The wage gap is even worse for Latinas
There may be a day to draw attention to salary equality (April 14th is Equal Pay Day) but, unfortunately the wage gap between men and women is still an ugly truth and the United States is no exception.
According to Nationalpartnership.org data, women who work full time in the country earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. This means that women are paid $10,876 a year less than men. What’’s more, with the amount of money women are losing (in comparison to men in the same position) they could afford to pay 86 weeks of food costs for their families (1.6 years’ worth), 7.6 months of mortgage and utilities payments, 12 months of rent and pay for 4,534 additional gallons of gas. So, the wage gap has a real effect on the economy.
The gap is present across industries, positions and educational levels and especially across ethnic groups. In 2014 an Asian American woman earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Latino man. compared to a white non-Hispanic men is smaller for Asian American Women, approximately $11,153 less per year. White women earn 77 cents. for every dollar a man earns, approximately $12,090 less per year. The pay gap is worse for African American women, who earn 64 cents for every dollar a man earns and $19,399 less per year.
But the worst wage gap is for Latinas. Latinas are paid $23,279 less than per year than a white non-Hispanic man in the same job, which means that for every dollar a man earns, a Latina earns 56 cents.
The pay gap also varies according to state. For example, Louisiana has the widest gap: full-time working women are paid, on average, 66 cents for every dollar paid to men. The District of Columbia has the narrowest gap: 91 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Pennsylvania is on the list of the 20 states with the largest number of Latinas who work full time. Last year there were 73,752 Latinas working here, and their median wage was $28,188, which was $23,152 less per year than the average salary of white non-Hispanic men ($51,340). Which means that Latino women in Pennsylvania earn 55 cents for every dollar a man is paid.
How many Equal Pay Days do we have to celebrate to close the gap?