04/09/2013 05:51 pm ET

It's Equal Pay Day Yet Latinas Are Still Greatly Affected By Wage Gap

It is Equal Pay Day today, but equal pay is far from the case for the nation’s women, especially Hispanic and African American women, according to recent reports as well as Labor Department figures.

“Nationally, women who hold full-time jobs are paid just 77 cents for every dollar paid to men who hold full-time jobs,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which conducted an analysis, using U.S. Census data, showing the persistence of a gender wage in the nation’s top 50 metro areas. ”African American women and Latinas fare worse, being paid 64 cents and just 55 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men,” added Ness.

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