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This New Web Series Thoughtfully Tackles The Microaggressions Latinas Face On Daily Basis

If you’re a mujer work a 9-5 job, you’re likely already aware that the fruits of your labors and those your male counterparts are far from one in the same. You’ve probably already heard about the pay gap and how even in the year of 2018 women continue to make considerably less money than their male co-workers. Still, not all of us are aware of just how deep this shortchange runs. While the wage gap closes for white women in April, Latinas have to work up until November 1st of the following year to make the same amount as a white man did in the previous year.

In other words, Latinas have to work nearly two years to get paid the same amount their white male counterparts would make in a year, doing the same work, and in quite a few cases for less effort.

Latina writer and show creator, Jacqueline Priego, is one mujer working to harness the outrage of these statistics.

Priego’s own realities with unequal pay and racism inspired her to leave engineering school and become a writer in order to examine and study these universal experiences. The result of her reflections comes in the form of “PinkSlipped,” her comedic and super relatable dramedy series.

Written, created and co-directed by Priego, the series explores the lives of three Latina friends as they navigate the professional world that strongly proves to not at all be stacked in their favor.

Priego also stars as the series’ main character. In the world of PinkSlipped, Priego is an unappreciated office worker dealing with the frustration of cultural appropriation. Samantha Ramirez Herrera as the outspoken — and underpaid — Elena and Ana Ayora as the conflicted Rosie round out this trio of friends. Chances are, you’ll see yourself in at least one of these characters — or as a mix of all three.

Priego originally began work on PinkSlipped over four years ago.

During her efforts to expand the world of her web series, the Latina writer made sure to include issues that the Latinx community deals with every day. This meant not only examining her own past but asking the Latinas in her life about the problems they face.

During her research, many of the same problems kept popping up. Tokenism, racism, pay inequality, sexual assault, and discrimination based on citizenship status seemed to impact most Latina women she interviewed.

“These issues have been here and impacting our communities for decades but we were the only ones talking about it,” Priego tells FIERCE. While these experiences seemed limited in some respects to our communities, their impact is much larger. With the recent development of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements and increased concern over immigration and pay equality, the show is undoubtedly keyed into the national dialogue.

“If I would have released the show four years ago, I really do think it wouldn’t have been as powerful as it is today,” she confesses. “Now is the time that I think we can really impact change.”

Being involved in every aspect of PinkSlipped’s development was important for Priego as a Latina creative.

Her focus in front of the camera was just as crucial as it was behind the scenes when she took on the role of director, writer, and creator. In describing the process, she explained, “Representation is one thing but who gets to tell those stories is even more powerful. We need to own our narratives and need to be vocal about it.”

From the very start of her creative process, Priego knew that PinkSlipped had to be made into a web series. “We’re going through a technological revolution where more and more content is being consumed on cell phones and laptops,” she explains. “So, I wanted the show to be as easily accessible to as many people as possible.”

Priego couldn’t be more right. Hispanics as a group not only consume more streaming media than non-Hispanics according to Nielsen Media Research, Hispanics are also savvier when it comes to using mobile devices. We are also the largest consumers of media across the board.

While we can stream all of Season 1 on the PinkSlipped website and YouTube, Priego has much bigger plans for her series. Since the show’s debut, the PinkSlipped team has hosted premieres in Los Angeles (the largest Latinx market in the US) and Chicago (Priego’s hometown). The series was also recently premiered at the Atlanta office of one of their sponsors — Google.

As awesome as private screenings across the United States sound, Priego says that she has even bigger goals for PinkSlipped. Speaking about the potential and future of her show, she says that “In order to expand the PinkSlipped universe and develop these characters and storylines even further, we need the backing of a major network.”

This could mean seeing PinkSlipped on Hulu, Netflix or HBO relatively soon, but it’s going to take support from the community. “All it takes is one person in a decision making role at one of those networks to read a story about us or see a post and see the value in what we’re doing and pick our show up,” Priego says.

Seeing PinkSlipped picked up by a major streaming service is a huge goal for the creator, but, ultimately, she’s also looking to make a societal impact. She confessed, “I want the Latinx community to feel a sense of pride and hope that stories like PinkSlipped will start popping up in the mainstream.”

When we see more representations of who we are and have those stories told by members of our community, it gives us total control of our identities and our narratives. Issues like pay equality, sexual harassment, and documented status will no longer be taboo. It’s why we’re particularly excited to see a project like PinkSlipped representing our stories and voices.

Watch the trailer for PinkSlipped here below:


READ: #LatinaEqualPayDay Is Dropping Knowledge About The Disparity In Pay For Latinas

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Gina Rodriguez Continues To Act As If Black Women Are Part Of The Problem

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Gina Rodriguez Continues To Act As If Black Women Are Part Of The Problem

On November 16, four talented actresses — Ellen Pompeo, Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez and Emma Roberts — joined forces to discuss women in TV. But the talk wasn’t just about the roles we see on the small screen, it went a lot deeper and touched on diversity and the pay disparity in Hollywood.

The 24-minute panel was hosted by NET-A-PORTER and aired on YouTube to much delight on social media.

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It’s not every day you see a diverse group of women talk about inclusion and equality. However, there was a portion in the segment that made people on social media livid.

Around the 1.14 minute mark, Gina Rodriguez began to speak about how Latinas are paid less than other women including black women.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” Rodriguez said, which Union nodded in agreement. “Because I always feel like I fail when I speak about it because I can’t help but feel already so gracious to do what I do and I feel like, culturally, I feel like I was raised to just feel so appreciative of getting here.”

That comment left people on social media feeling ruffled.

Critics expressed their dislike for hearing Rodriguez’s comment which they said basically threw black women under the bus along with their accomplishments and historic moves in Hollywood.

Her comment also insinuated that she was speaking about the disparity between women in Hollywood. However, she may have been referring to all industries in the country.

We’d like to assume Rodriguez was referring to the nationwide pay rate statistics in which white women make 77 cents for every dollar that white men make, while Asian women make 85 cents, black women make 61 cents, Native American women make 58 cents, and Latinas make 53 cents.

People were quick to point out that the highest paid actress on television isn’t a white or black woman but a Latina.

While actress Sofia Vergara has been topping the list of highest paid TV actresses earning more than $160 million dollars, it’s important to note that she is an exception in an industry where white men occupy the screen and dominate in salaries.

While Rodriguez’s remark left some people shaking their head, others were not surprised. They pointed to another moment in which she put black women aside.

During a press event with cast member Yara Shahidi, Rodriguez didn’t allow the journalist to highlight Shahidi as an incredible accomplishment for black women. Rodriguez wanted him to emphasize that she was important to all women, not just black women.

Here’s some more of what people had to say about her remark regarding Latinas pay rate vs. black women’s pay.

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Some are saying that the actress is  just showing her true colors.

We’re thinking some may have taken her comments out of context. What do you think?

Others point out that Rodriguez has never highlighted the work and talent of Afro-Latinas.

Rodriguez has yet to comment on the backlash of her comment.

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READ: This New Web Series Thoughtfully Tackles The Microaggressions Latinas Face On Daily Basis

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In Puerto Rico, Women Make More Money Than Men — But That Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t Gender Inequality

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In Puerto Rico, Women Make More Money Than Men — But That Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t Gender Inequality

La tierra de Borinquén donde … las mujeres ganan más dinero que los hombres?

You read that correctly. Across the United States, men make more money than women in nearly every field. But in Puerto Rico, women, on average, have not just caught up to their male counterparts, but they slightly outearn them.

In 2016, Puerto Rican women working full time made a median salary of $24,486, while men earned $23,711. In other words, working Boricua mujeres are bringing in $1.03 for every dollar a fella takes home. This is a contrast to the U.S., where Latinas make 88 cents of a Latino man’s dollar.

According to Eileen Segarra Alméstica, an economics professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, the gap is due to college education. About 20 percent of Puerto Rican men aged 25 and older hold at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 29 percent of women, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Alméstica told TIME that mujeres seek higher education more than men because, unlike them, women must get degrees to secure jobs with decent salaries. Men, however, can more easily succeed in physical jobs that don’t require college degrees but still pay relatively well.

But when men and women share similar education backgrounds, the familiar gender wage gap begins to appear. For workers with only a high school diploma, men outearn women by 13 percent. That figure continues to increase with more education, with men that carry bachelor’s degrees taking home 22 percent more than women with matching degrees and 30 percent more for advanced degree holders.

“Puerto Rican women face a glass ceiling, while men ride a glass escalator,” Alméstica says.

She fears the gender pay gap will increase, hurting women, as Puerto Rico’s debt crisis and post-Hurricane Maria humanitarian crisis lead to more school closures, higher education cuts, tuition increases and the loss of women teachers, who are taking jobs throughout Florida, Texas and New York.

Read: In California, Latinas Make Less Than Half Of What White Men Do For The Same Job

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