Fact check: Senator Kamala Harris' claim about Latinas' average wage.


U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted the following:

Kamala Harris on Twitter

Today is Latina Equal Pay Day. Latinas, on average, earn 53 cents for every dollar a white man makes. That’s not right. We must continue to push for equal pay for equal work. #LatinaEqualPay

Claim:

“Latinas, on average, earn 53 cents for every dollar a white man makes.”

Fact check: Mostly true.

An October 2018 news release by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Hispanic women earn $621 in median weekly pay compared to white men’s $1,004. Doing the math, Latinas, on average, earned 62 cents for every dollar a white man makes.

The senator is likely citing a report by the Equal Pay Today! Campaign, who assert that Latinas only make 53 cents in lieu of hard data to corroborate that claim.

Graphs:

Here we can see the median average weekly earnings of various racial groups by age.

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