Narrowing the Latina Pay Gap

A panel of Latinas in government, labor and business gathered on Nov. 1, Latina Equal Pay Day, at El Museo del Barrio to discuss the large Latina wage gap and what can be done about it, reports Gregg McQueen in Manhattan Times. It is estimated that Latina women in New York make only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white males, and moderator Shirley Velásquez, executive editor of had a prediction, based on how long it’s taken all fully-employed women to narrow the pay gap with all fully-employed men, and how long it may take to achieve parity, or pay equity.

“Since the 1960s, the wage gap has narrowed from 59 percent to 80 percent in New York,” she said. “But it is estimated that pay equity could only be reached by as soon as 2049 or as late as 2119. For Hispanic women, it could take until 2248 to reach pay equity.”

Albany-based attorney Sandra Rivera recommended that women do extensive research to find out comparable pay rates.

“Look at what the market rate is, see what others are being paid in the field, and [then] learn how [your] skills match,” she said.

“Learning to negotiate is a skill I needed to learn,” added Rivera. “Advocating for my clients is easy. Advocating for yourself is hard.”

The panel was sponsored by the New York State Council on Women and Girls, established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017, on the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, to address issues of economic security and opportunity for women. Panel members included Rivera; Lourdes Zapata, chief diversity officer in Gov. Cuomo’s office; Carol Robles Román, co-President and chief executive officer at Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality; Lucia Gómez, political director of NYC Central Labor Council AFL-CIO; Vivian Torres-Suárez, vice president of Care Management at HealthFirst; and Jackeline Stewart, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Communications at Edelman.

Go to Manhattan Times to read about what other important advancements in the workplace, in addition to equal pay, was discussed by panel members.

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