November 2, Latina Equal Pay Day: We deserve it, join the Twitter storm

 

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We are getting the message out and flooding social media with the conversation about the importance of Latina Equal Pay day.

November 2, 2017 is Latina Equal Pay Day.

We are still fighting for our equal pay, the same money white males make today.

Fact: Latinas make 54 cents to one dollar a white male takes home.

How can we have a save for a home, a car or our retirement if we keep getting shorted when it comes to our income.

GET THE WORD OUT VIA TWITTER 

On November 2, join the Twitter storm at 2pm ET. Let us tell the world why we need equal pay as Latinas. Here are some tweets you can use. Copy and paste :

  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    #Latinas make 54 cents to every $1 that a white male earns in the U.S. – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Eliminating the wage gap would provide much-needed income to #Latinas whose wages support their households.
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    40% of #Latina mothers bring in 40% or more of the families income. Family relies on that money.
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Nearly 3 million family households in the U.S. are headed by #Latinas -U.S. Census Bureau

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  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    Median wage for #Latinas in U.S. are $31,109 a year.
    White males median wage $57,204 – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    It means a #Latina working full-time can have 3 more years of child care.
  • Why #LatinaEqualPay matters
    Latinas working full-time can have 3 more yrs of tuition & fees for 4 year public university – U.S. Dept of Ed
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a #Latina working full-time can have 193 more weeks of food for her family – U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a #Latina who works full-time can have more than 17 additional months of mortgage & utility payments -U.S. Census
  • #LatinaEqualPay means a Latina working full-time can have 27 more months of rent – U.S. Census Bureau
  • #Latinas and their families cannot afford discrimination and lower wages #LatinaEqualPay
  • Nearly two-thirds of voters support the Paycheck Fairness Act. #LatinaEqualPay
  • 20 states with large numbers of Latinas, pay them from 43-63 cents for every dollar paid to white male – U.S Census #LatinaEqualPay now!
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    38% of all Latina-headed family households live below the poverty level – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Why we need #LatinaEqualPay
    More than 1.1 million Latina-headed family households live in poverty in U.S. – U.S. Census Bureau

 

Women of Color stand up and be heard

 

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A big thank you to @ReignofApril who started the Twitter conversation #WOCAffirmation on Friday.

She empowered us. As Women of Color (WOC) we have the power to create change.

Here are a few pieces of advice that we believe will inspire you to stand your ground, speak up, fight for your fair share, and push back when you must.

  1. Find your voice. Use it.
  2. Don’t let fear make you a prisoner. Dig deep and find that courage. You have it.
  3. Push forward when someone tries to push you back.
  4. WOC should stand up for each other. When one is targeted at work, don’t run and hide. Defend your sister. Remember you could be next.
  5. Open doors for other women of color. Don’t be the one who is guarding “her turf.”
  6. Speak up when women of color are not invited to the conversation. This is the only way we break up the “white boy’s club.”
  7. Mentor another woman of color. We need to raise each other up.
  8. When someone is putting down a WOC who is not present, be the one to silence the hater.
  9. Reach out to a WOC who may need a word of encouragement, pat on the back or the simple words “it will be OK.”
  10. Be a friend 24/7.

Together we can lead a movement and make sure we are treated as equals.

 

Rebecca Aguilar is an award-winning  journalist and the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, a Latina networking group of 9,000 Latinas on Facebook and LinkedIn.