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How To Support Latinas And Close The Wage Gap For Equal Pay Day

The gender pay gap affects women across all racial groups and socioeconomic boards. Still, Latinas get hit the hardest.

April 4 is Equal Pay Day. It’s a symbolic day marking how far into the year the average woman has to work in order to catch up to her male co-worker’s salary. But if you’re a Latina, that date gets pushed even further.

To catch up to to a white man’s earning in 2016, Latinas have to work until November 2, despite the fact that they often work twice as hard as their male colleagues.

Closing that wage gap means Latinas and their allies have to speak up, create opportunities for each other and demand what they’re worth. Here are a few of the tips to get started…

1. Get more Latinas through the door.

Seventy-six percent of Human Resources, or HR, managers are women. There’s a heck of a lot of power in that number and a lot of responsibility for the women in those positions. If you work in HR, you already know that you have some say in who your company hires. Look into how often women are being brought in to be seriously considered for lead positions, where they are the decision makers.

Also, do your research. Women are more prone to being called “bossy,” “bitchy” and “ballbusters” by their co-workers and managers than men are. But are they really so bossy and bitchy? And is that a bad thing? We all know that for men, “bossy” often translates to “being a leader.” Women are called bitchy, while men are called “tough” for the same behavior. So start asking yourself and the managers you work with whether the women in your office are being passed up for leadership roles and promotions because they’re actually being too aggressive, or if they’re just not falling to the gender norms expected of women.

Keep your eye out for biases that penalize the women in your office and speak up when you notice something is wrong.

2. Be an actual human bra.

One of the most frustrating things women can experience in the office is being interrupted. Even more frustrating? Having our thoughts and ideas interrupted in meetings, only to be bropriated.

There’s massive power in supporting other women. If you’re in a meeting and hear a female co-worker’s great idea being stolen, help a girl out by speaking up. Of course, calling out “Carl” for repeating another women’s idea in a meeting might not be your ideal way of doing this. Instead, as soon as you hear a woman in a meeting pitch an idea or state something valuable, echo her words and give her credit. If Carl starts to interrupt her, circle back when he’s finished and ask your co-worker to clarify what she was saying. By amplifying each other’s voices, we can ensure that other women are getting their due credit and having their ideas heard.

Also, women are less likely to advocate for themselves in the workforce than their male counterparts. Consider whether or not there’s a women on your team that could use a bit more recognition. If there is, give her some praise. Keeping your manager up to date on the office rockstar could go as far as getting her a promotion or raise.

3. Know your worth.

If you had a mother like mine who always told you to never settle, then hopefully you’ve been heeding her words. When you find yourself in the negotiating process of a new job, be sure to advocate for yourself and do so by knowing your worth. Do your research and make sure that the offer you receive from a company is marked to market, meaning it’s in line with the average rate people are paid in the same position. Sites like Glassdoor, Indeed and Vault are great tools for helping potential employees discover how much they should be getting paid by their company. You should also research cost of living for your city and consider that when you start negotiating.

It’s not easy going back to an employer you hope to work with and telling them that the amount you’re being offered isn’t cutting it. Still, you shouldn’t have to budge on what you know you deserve to be paid. Especially when your male counterparts don’t have to.

4. Ask for Demand that promotion.

A recent study revealed that 57% of men negotiate their salaries. On the other hand, only 7% of women do so.

Oh, it gets better. When women do ask to negotiate their salaries, they ask for less money than they should be making. Around seven thousand dollars less, in fact. Sharpen up your negotiation skills and start asking for more money every time you enter a new gig. A good rule of thumb for negotiating is to ask for a salary range first. Once you start negotiating with a hiring manger, you’ll often get asked “How much would you like to get paid?”or “What are your salary requirements?”

Instead of telling them that “well, my last job paid me $35,000 a year,” briefly restate your qualifications for the job. Then say, “Given my skills and how they match the requirements, what is the typical salary range for someone in this position?” Once they come back with a figure, offer them a range of your desired salary. If $35,000 is the amount you currently make, consider using that for your lowest salary ask. Then include your reasonable and ideal salary figure. Offering a range means you have room to work with, and it won’t make you feel like you’ve settled for less.

Every new job you take on should feel like an opportunity for you to practice speaking up for yourself and asking for more money. Remember. Never settle. Always negotiate. The worst they can say is no, and then you can decide if that’s an answer you’re okay with. But never be afraid to put your foot down when you know you deserve more.

And especially remember this: men aren’t afraid to go in and ask for a raise, and more often than not they walk out with the salary they asked for. So don’t let fear or the idea that you’ll seem ungrateful stop you.

5. Ask the boys how much they’re getting paid.

Asking someone how much they’re making is a social taboo, and often against company policy. Still, it’s something that also keeps many women from getting what they deserve. There are very few ways of discovering whether or not you’re making less money than your male colleagues. And let’s be real, stealing their paycheck or breaking into their house to find out takes a whole lot of time and risk. Instead, just shake off the awkward feelings you have over the idea and just ask.

Remember! Things like the pink tax exist, which means that it costs more to be a woman, so we literally cannot afford to get paid less.


READ: The BS Reasons Why You’re A Latina Getting Payed Less Than Men And Other Women

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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