Latinas in the U.S. were among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. An AAUW research project documents the health and economic repercussions — and outlines policy priorities to aid in the recovery.
Latinas represent about 24% of the New Mexican population; and, Latinas here, as elsewhere, are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Latinas’ Equal Pay Day in 2022 is December 8th compared to October 21st 2 years ago demonstrating the economic impact on families and the New Mexican economy.
The Pandemic Inequity: Latinas and the Covid-19 Experience research report can be downloaded the AAUW Latina Initiative website. See download link at upper left.
“The success of Latinas and that of the United States are inextricably linked. With a population hovering near 30 million, Latinas are both a vital base of support for the U.S. economy and critically influential as voters. But even though their contributions boost the national economy, many see little return for their work. More than half of Latinas are second-, third- and fourth- generation Americans, yet deeply rooted structural inequities in education, health and the economy limit their ability to build generational wealth. Latinos as a whole contributed $2.6 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2019, yet Latinas still earn 55 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men.”