Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released this statement in support of Latina Equal Pay Day:

“Latinas fare the worst in the gender wage gap, and this injustice harms our children and communities. With more than half of all Latinas being the primary breadwinner in their households, this inequality hurts families and our regional economy, and it contributes to a cycle of poverty. Over 3 million of all U.S. households are headed by Latinas, and approximately 40 percent of those households live below the poverty line.

On average nationally, Latinas earn 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men—and that translates to an annual median loss of over $28,000 for Latinas. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the wage gap is even more pronounced: Latinas earn only 37.5 cents for every dollar earned by their white, non-Hispanic male coworkers.

Economic empowerment is female empowerment. Equal pay in the workplace is a smart and just business investment. Diversity benefits a company’s bottom line. If we are to close this wage gap, companies must step up to offer their Latina employees equal pay for equal work in order to attract, retain, and groom them for high-level executive positions.

We must also address a myriad of systemic barriers that Latinas face on a daily basis. Although college graduation rates for Latinas have increased faster than for any group of women, they continue to be marginalized in the workplace and paid significantly less than their male counterparts. This is unjust and unacceptable. We should all be concerned by this inequity and advocate for more workplace protections and expanded opportunities for high-paying careers.

I thank Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for their commitment to eradicating this stubborn wage gap, and I support their efforts to address this inequity.

Today and every day, we must all push for equal pay for equal work.”

Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Solis’ motion to proclaim Nov. 20 as Latina Equal Pay Day and to send a letter to Gov. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to thank them for their commitment to addressing the wage gap.

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov