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Here’s A Breakdown Of The Caca Reasons Latinas Make 54 Cents On Her Male Counterpart’s Dollar

We all know that on average, women workers earn 80 cents for every dollar earned by the average man. However, that mostly accounts for white women. What a lot of people don’t know is that only accounts for white women. When you start calculating the wage disparity for women of color, the number starts dropping dramatically.

Black women make 64 cents on the dollar, and Latinas earn the least of all, only bringing homw 54 cents on the dollar. That’s a figure that persists despite the fact that the number of Latinas receiving a higher education and owning their own businesses has seen a significant increase. If you’re confused about why you’re working just as hard and getting half as much, here’s a look at some of the reasons.

There’s a gap in the education system that’s trickling over to equal pay.

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Latinos are less likely to enroll in four-year universities than white students, most commonly as a result of the high cost of higher education. On average, tuition at four-year schools are two times more expensive than at community colleges. Delve deeper into why Latinos generally avoid incurring these extra expenses and you’ll see it’s because they are more prone to receiving lower financial aid rewards and are more resistant to taking on debt. But what happens when Latinas do go for that college degree?

As a general rule, a person’s salary increases for every year of education and degree they add on to their slate. That’s for both men and women. But if lapping up college, Masters and PhDs degrees was all it really took to raise your salary, that would be one thing.

However, for every academic level women and men achieve, women’s earnings still remain lower than men’s. In fact, the gender pay gap can be even greater in careers where women and men obtain the same higher levels of education. Education can improve a Latina’s earning prospects, but it still can’t erase the gender, race and ethnicity factors that affect wage imbalance.

Latinas are also more likely to take a timeout from the workforce to work as caregivers. 

Today’s women still continue to take on more of the caregiving responsibilities in their households and a huge part of this stems from the fact that men aren’t afforded paternity leave. The Family Medical Leave Act currently gives women 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave. This means women are pushed into taking time off over their husbands, and aren’t paid for it.

Not only that, but just 15% of white people live in multigenerational households in the U.S., meaning a home where a parent, grandparent or other family member also live. For white women, caregiver responsibilities are generally contained to their children. The rate of Latinos in multigenerational households jumps to 25%, according to 2014 census data. For Latinas living in multigenerational families, however, caregiver responsibilities fall to them for not just their children, but also other family members living in the home. This means the odds of Latinas needing to take time off of work increases, particularly by the number of children and elders in their households.

Nearly a third of Latinas working in the U.S. are part of the service industry, which is known for its flat and low wages.

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The service industry claims almost a third of Latinas as workers. At the same time, Latinas are largely under-represented in jobs that are higher paying. Fields that have been traditionally dominated by men, such as construction, engineering and science, are working to close the gap. Still, with fewer Latinas achieving higher education than white women and men, the odds of getting into these fields while obtaining equal pay are stacked against them.

On top of all of that, there’s a thing called pay secrecy.

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There’s a cultural taboo that hinders us from talking about salaries and spotting wage disparities. Even more effective at keeping women from becoming aware of how little they are getting paid are actual work policies that prevent us from asking. Pay secrecy has been illegal under the National Labor Relations Act since 1935. Still there are limitations to the law that keep workers tightlipped about how much they’re making.

Supervisors, independent contractors and agricultural laborers don’t fall under the the “employees” who are protected under the law. This means that they’re often pushed into signing contracts that keep them from finding out how much their co-workers earn. Even with various government efforts to block employers from keep their workers quiet, many women still find themselves discourage from discussing their salaries. As such, Latinas are often prevented from discovering how their salaries compare to others. And as a result, the existence of the wage gap continues to be perpetuated.

Latinas have a long road to haul before the gender wage gap finally closes. At our current rate, the wage equality gap will close around the year 2152. That’s 136 years from now. If that math looks funny to you, remember there’s always a right time to go and get yours. Help close the gap by talking to your male co-workers about their wages, demanding raises when you know you deserve them and speaking up when you know your work is being undervalued.


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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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