Join the LATINA EQUAL PAY movement!


The economic status of women in Tennessee has made considerable advances in recent years but women of color (Black and Latina women) still face inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential. Unfortunately, Tennessee still ranks in the worst third in the nation for both women's Employment & Earnings and Poverty & Opportunity.


The chart below demonstrates the pay gap between men and women, and women of color. As of 2021, Latina women are still paid unfairly. On average, Latinas in the U.S. are paid .57 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

Many people assume that Latinas face a pay gap because they're concentrated in lower-paying roles. But even in the same jobs, Latinas are paid less than white men. For example, Latina nurses earn 29% less than white men nurses, on average.

Latinas ask for promotions and raises at similar rates to white men, yet they are held back. For every 100 men promoted to management roles, only 71 Latinas are promoted.

Latinas face a double-edged sword of sexism and racism in the workplace: As women, Latinas are stereotyped as less competent than white men. Researchers believe that bias is to blame for over half of the pay gap for Latinas.

This hurts Latinas and their families, making Latinas, many of whom are single heads of the household, at risk to experience poverty. Women of color deserve fair pay. It's time to close the gap and you can make a difference. Encourage your workplace to facilitate the path to the top by providing development and network-building opportunities. 

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This is one of the many reasons why Latina Professionals of Chattanooga was created. Unfortunately, women, in general, make far less than men, however for us, Latinas, the wage gap is even wider. 


Partner with Latina Professionals of Chattanooga and support the advancement of Latinas, contact us to help us close this huge pay gap for Latinas and bring attention to this movement.

Wage gaps must be understood through an intersectional lens but awareness is only the first step and that's why we had this conversation to discuss the active allyship and advocacy needed to build true equality for Latinas in Tennessee.

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

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