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Join the LATINA EQUAL PAY movement!


Women's economic status in Tennessee has improved significantly in recent years. Still, women of color (Black and Latina women) continue to face inequities that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Unfortunately, Tennessee remains in the bottom third of the country regarding women's employment and earnings, poverty, and opportunity.

The chart below depicts the wage disparity between men and women and women of color. Latina women are still underpaid as of 2021. Latinas in the United States are paid on average. Every dollar earned by a white man is worth 57 cents.

Many believe that Latinas face a wage disparity because they are concentrated in lower-paying jobs. However, even in comparable jobs, Latinas are paid less than white men. Latina nurses, for example, earn 29% less than white male nurses on average.

Latinas request promotions and raises at comparable rates to white men, but they are denied. Only 71 Latinas are promoted to management positions for every 100 men.

In the workplace, Latinas face a double-edged sword of sexism and racism: Latinas are stereotyped as less competent than white men because they are women. Researchers believe bias is to blame for more than half of the Latina pay gap.

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One of the many reasons Latina Professionals of Chattanooga was founded. Unfortunately, women make far less than men in general, but for us, Latinas, the wage gap is even wider.

Partner with Latina Professionals of Chattanooga to advance Latinas; contact us to assist us in closing the huge pay gap for Latinas and bringing attention to this movement.

Wage disparities must be understood through an intersectional lens, but awareness is only the first step, which is why we convened this discussion to discuss the active allyship and advocacy required to achieve true equality for Latinas in Tennessee.

We cordially invite you to attend a panel discussion on Latina Equal Pay Day, on October 21, 2021.

The panel was moderated by Jocelyn Loza, Executive Director of Latina Professionals of Chattanooga, and included three influential local Latinas, Arielle Garcia-Hayes, Nahomi Ortiz, and Veronica Perro, who discussed the specific impacts of Latinas' (un)equal pay and the importance of closing the wage gap.

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