Bonus Episode: Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day: Closing the Pay Gap [049 | Daniella Flores, Athena Lent, Natalie Torres-Haddad]

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Bonus Episode: Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day: Closing the Pay Gap

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According to Forbes, “Latinas make just 53 cents for every dollar the average white, non-Hispanic man makes. Compare that to the 79 cents white women earn on average compared to white men, and the 63 cents that black women make. Latina women must work 305 extra days into the next calendar year just to earn what the average white man earns in a year.”

Harlan Landes sits down with Daniella Flores, Athena Valentine, and Natalie Torres-Haddad to discuss Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day and the Latina pay gap. They delve into why this day exists, the struggles of their community, and ways that we can all help to further the cause of equal pay for Latinas.

  • What is Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day and why it is not a day of celebration
  • How does being the family’s caregiver affect forward progression in a career
  • Some resources available for Latinos that offer career development, scholarships, and/or mentorships
  • The struggles Latino families face due to the pandemic
  • Some helpful tips for negotiating pay

About Daniella Flores

Daniella Flores is a Latina software engineer and the founder of iliketodabble.com which she actually started on a whim on the side of her full-time job back in 2017. She’s been featured on big-name sites like Business Insider, Huffington Post, Refinery29, CNBC, Bustle, USA Today, and more (which she actually shows you in her course how to get similar big media mentions).

She’s been side hustling since she was a kid when she created a Lisa Frank sticker club in 2nd grade and charged sticker packs to join, but that was just the beginning. Throughout her life, she has also sold paintings at festivals, repaired and resold old Playstations, flipped items on eBay and Poshmark, freelanced in a variety of skill sets, started and runs 2 Etsy shops (that are mostly passive income streams), and runs 2 websites.

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About Athena Lent

A 2x nationally recognized youth development expert and certified trauma specialist, Athena Lent is the founder behind Money Smart Latina, a place where Latinas and finance meet. She has recently been featured in the New York Times, Business Insider and CNBC. Once homeless in high school, she has gone on to complete several college degrees as an example that your demographics do not determine your destiny. As a program manager in Arizona, she helps connect over 1,000 youth per year to post-secondary opportunities while removing barriers to their success. When not working, Athena can be found reading a Stephen King book with her main man, a polydactyl cat named Harrison George.

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About Natalie Torres-Haddad

Natalie Torres-Haddad is an author, a two-time TEDx speaker, a bilingual podcast host, and a financial literacy and mental health advocate. As a Salvadoran immigrant and first generation college student, she has focused much of her career on helping others with financial literacy and mental wellbeing. She is part of the four percent of Latinas to earn a master’s degree in the US and is the first Salvadorian-American female to publish a book about finances and the elimination of student debt.

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About Harlan Landes, Podcast Host

Harlan Landes is the founder and executive director of the Plutus Foundation. He started one of the first independent personal finance blogs in 2003 to hold himself accountable for his own financial decisions. He also founded the Plutus Awards in 2009 to highlight independent financial publishers.

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