Here’s a conundrum.
The Golden State ranks as the second best place for a woman to achieve economic security, according to 14 key measures. That’s according to a study from the Center for American Progress.
Paid family leave? Check!
Great early childhood education? Check!
Paid sick leave? Check!
However Hispanic women in the state only make 44 cents to every dollar a white man makes. That makes the 6.6 million women, or 17 percent of the entire state of California, the lowest paid population, of any race, in any state.
Let me say that again.
Hispanic women, in a state where the number of Latinos is poised to surpass non-Hispanic whites this March, are on average earning the lowest amount of any women, anywhere, in the United States.
The pay disparity is especially ironic in California, where women as a whole make amongst the highest wage nationwide at 84 cents to every white man’s dollar. The national average for women is 77 cents.
So what’s going on?