Lean In Women of Color introduces the 2018 Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project, an initiative that promotes inspiring tips from Latina leaders. This year, we asked companies to partner by nominating an outstanding Latina in their organization. We also asked our nominees if they could whisper in the ears of their younger self, what sort of advice would they provide.

The inaugural project launched on Latinas Equal Pay Day, November 2nd, 2017, a landmark date which marked how long it took for Latinas to make what a white, non-Hispanic male made in 2016.  The pay gap hasn't improved over the past year. In fact, this year Latinas Equal Pay Day falls on November 1st, 2018. Last year, Latinas averaged 54 cents to the dollar a white male makes. This year, it's 53 cents. Studies state that Latinas lose over $1 million dollars in a lifetime which impacts their day to day spending and savings. However, the good news is that experts agree that Latinas are in the driver's seat for economic growth and advancement opportunities.

To dispose of the pay gap and its negative effects on Latinas and their families, The Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project pledges to fill in the gap with inspiration to grow more Latina wealth. Therefore, we are proud to introduce this year's roster of outstanding women in leadership who are persevering every day because on Latinas Equal Pay Day, we want to formulate bridges between women leaders and those who are aiming to get there, so that more women of color can thrive.

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