Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on Latina Equal Pay Day

Oct 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Raul Ruiz, M.D. released the following statement in observance of Latina Equal Pay Day, which raise awareness about the stark wage gap faced by Latina workers. For each dollar that their white male counterparts earn, Latinas are paid only 57 cents. Latinas face the largest wage gap among all racial and ethnic groups. It takes the average Latina 22 months to earn the same amount that an average white man earns in 12 months. Latina Equal Pay Day is observed on October 21, when a Latina’s pay would have caught up with that of white non-Hispanic men from the previous year.

“On Latina Equal Pay Day, we must commit to redoubling our efforts to fight for a future where Latinas can earn the equal pay they deserve,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Latinas and many have been forced to choose between working to support their families or being caregivers. As we recover from the pandemic, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is committed to ensuring Latinas and their families are not left behind and enacting policies like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the 1963 Equal Pay Act and passed the House with unanimous support from CHC Members. We cannot rest until the wage gap is closed and we fulfill the promise of equal pay for equal work for all.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.