Study Finds Latinas Still Hit Hardest by Gender Wage Gap

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A new study by the National Women's Law Center has revealed that minimum wage may be affecting the wage gap that exists between men and women.

According to NBC Latino, the study shows that the average gender wage gap in states where minimum wage is above the federally mandated $7.25 per hour is actually lower than in states that meet the $7.25 criteria.

“The gap in wages has moved at a snail’s pace—shrinking only 18 cents in five decades and remaining stagnant for the last decade,” said National Women's Law Center Co-President Marcia D. Greenberger. “And for women of color, the wage gap is even worse. Equal pay is not an abstract principle for women and their families.”

NWLC's study also revealed that while all women in every race have to deal with unequal pay, Latinas seem to have it the hardest. The average white woman makes 77 cents to every dollar a man makes, while the average Latina only makes 55 cents to every dollar.

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