According to a study by the National Women’s Law Center, the average gender wage gap in states with minimum wages above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour is smaller than the pay gap in states where the minimum wage meets the $7.25 criteria. While the average white woman makes 77 cents to every dollar made by a man, the average Latina makes 55 cents.
Latino legislators like New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and California Congressman Xavier Becerra have come out in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have closed loopholes in the Equal Pay Act. A vote was blocked in Congress on the act in April. According to Shiu, over a lifetime Hispanic women will likely lose out on a whopping $854,000. At a time when moms are the top breadwinners in 4 out of 10 households, the loss of thousands of dollars each year for Hispanic women impacts more than just the women, but Latino families, argues Shiu.
Hispanic women are the heads of their households and often face the challenge of raising a family on one income. This huge problem in the Hispanic community can put the children at a huge disadvantage.
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