Every year, Latina Equal Pay Day falls on a different day and in some years we seem to have achieved more progress than in others, but what really determines that progress? Have you ever stopped to remember when you started hearing about Latina Equal Pay Day and the overall gender wage gap?
In this solo episode, I walk down history lane regarding Latina Equal Pay Day and I share with you the research I found about the different pieces of legislation surrounding the gender wage gap. I want to inspire you and at the same time remind myself that we need to keep asking questions and not be complacent with this very important issue that affects all of us mujeres, but especially as Latinas.
What you’ll learn about in today’s episode:
My impressions of the history of Latina Equal Pay Day
The questions that we need to be asking
Things that we can be doing right now to see more progress
In order to fully understand if there has been any progress in closing the gender wage gap, we need to have data that tracks that progress, and an explanation of how that data was collected. I was curious as to how long we have actually been observing Latina Equal Pay Day because, for me, it feels like I have really only heard about it for the last 3 years, and I found some information about it being observed back in 2014 but nothing prior to that.
I couldn’t find any explanations as to why the date keeps changing each year, and this raises the question, what has improved, and how did the “powers” arrive at this conclusion? I wanted to see data backing it up but was not able to find any, so if you know of any data supporting these date changes or the “progress” that has occurred, please share it with me!
We also need to know where we come from and where we have been to know where we are going, and that is why I am providing you with this quick stroll down history lane in reference to Latina Equal Pay Day, let’s get started!
A Trip Down History Lane Relating to the Wage Gap
Here is a quick summary of the different legislations that have been passed from 1938 to now, and also the one that has been proposed countless times and to this day, still has not been passed.
Establishes wage and time requirements when minors can work, and it sets the minimum wage that must be paid and mandates when overtime must be paid.
Created to make it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women for the same type of work. A prime example of legislation that is passed but not enforced!
- The Paycheck Fairness Act was first introduced back in 1997
Proposed to add protections to the Equal Pay Act and the Fair Labors Act as an effort to close the gender gap in the United States. It has been proposed 12 times and still has not been passed into law!
The Future Projections for the Wage Gap
According to the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, it will take until 2059 to close the wage gap for all women compared to White men and it is even worse when we look at the different subgroups!
For Black women the year is 2133, for White women, the year is 2055 and for Asian women the year is 2025, which we have to celebrate since it is the closest one, but for Latinas? The projection for us Latinas is 2220, that is almost 200 years from now, can you believe it?
What Can We be Doing to Close the Wage Gap?
These projections are scary; to think that we have such a long way to go to achieve gender wage equality, and this is why we can’t be complacent with Latina Equal Pay Day!
Some of my questions are:
- What is the status of the Paycheck Fairness Act?
- How is progress being tracked in reference to the wage gap here in the United States?
- Who tracks that wage gap progress?
- Where is the explanation as to why Latina Equal Pay Day has been observed on different dates in the past years?
On a global level, the Gender Parity and the Gender Parity Index (GPI) give a great perspective to understand the wage gap in other countries and learn which countries have a smaller gap.
We need to be asking questions and do our own research, learn as much as we can about what can be done and what is being done in other countries to close this wage gap. It is important that we don’t become complacent but instead, we are active in the decisions that are being made, not just in the federal government but also at the state and local levels. Let’s research what our leaders are proposing, and find which representatives are fighting for this equality so that we can support them!
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