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Get ready for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrating Latino culture

 September 05, 2023

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As the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, making up 19% of the total population, Latinos and Latinas have profoundly shaped the nation, enriching its economy, politics, culture, daily life, and more. In 1968, this impact was formally recognized via the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week - signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. Since 1988, these celebrations have expanded to a full month - signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. 

There is a good reason for the specific timing of Hispanic Heritage Month that runs annually from September 15 to October 15. Although it starts halfway through the month instead of the beginning, the dates coincide with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.

Celebrating and honoring Hispanic culture 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Since its inception, Hispanic Heritage Month has celebrated and acknowledged the diverse backgrounds and achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans - and how their influence has shaped the U.S. The month explores the diverse tapestry of Hispanic culture - and events range from museum exhibits and educational workshops to food festivals and music concerts - all focused on raising awareness, celebrating communities, and uniting people across the U.S.

Progressive employers celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

With an increasing focus on workplace diversity and equality, Hispanic Heritage Month is an important time for employers and employees to understand, appreciate, and honor Hispanic team members, and their contributions to both the company and wider society. Hispanic Heritage Month sees companies organize internal events, often in collaboration with employee networks and groups. 

There are more than 62 million Hispanic Americans living in the United States, and Hispanic workers, families and businesses serve a vital role in helping power the U.S. economy.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population accounted for more than half of the U.S. population growth over the last decade. This demographic shift represents a robust economic force that significantly influences consumer markets. The community’s growing economic prowess is evident through its booming small businesses, which are critical in job creation and boosting local economies.

Hispanic workers and businesses play a vital role in driving the U.S. economy. According to LDC U.S. Latino GDP Report (2022), 78% of US new workers are Hispanics and 40% of U.S. workforce growth is Hispanic, while the Hispanic workforce has seen a growth of over 250% across 25 years. 

More equality needed for Hispanic women

While Hispanic Heritage Month is a time of celebration, it also highlights barriers still faced by Hispanic communities, particularly women.

Hispanic women represent a growing part of the U.S. labor market and economy, making up the second-largest group of women workers in the U.S. after white women. However, Hispanic women are overrepresented in low-paying jobs and sectors, which leaves them more vulnerable to the gender pay gap, economic insecurity, and poor working conditions. Hispanic women are also under-represented in leadership, holding 3% of senior level positions, while 66% are held by white men.

Marking Hispanic Heritage Month in the workplace 

Hispanic Heritage Month sees many employers reflect on their own commitment to inclusion, and ensure both Latinos and Latinas are fairly represented in their workforce. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month can establish a sense of belonging among Hispanic employees and foster a great sense of inclusion and connection. Platforming the voices and experiences of Hispanic employees also supports important dialogue and understanding among the wider workforce. Importantly, this commitment to inclusion can have a positive impact beyond the month itself. Organizations adopting diversity and inclusion practices such as celebrating awareness months, can actively drive business and innovation. An inclusive company can lead to happier and more productive employees, which in turn improves retention and attracts new talent - a win-win situation for all.

The significance of Hispanic Heritage Month transcends cultural celebration by laying down key building blocks for future generations. The emphasis on education, economics, and civic engagement ensures that Hispanic heritage is not only remembered, but also progresses forward dynamically. As the United States becomes more diverse, the importance of recognizing and celebrating this diversity becomes paramount. 

Some interesting key facts

  • By 2025, Hispanics will likely contribute more to US GDP growth than non-Hispanics.
  • Latina Nurses are expected to grow from 18% to 25% of the population by 2025.
  • College enrollment of Latinos will increase 26% between 2015 and 2026.
  • Latinos are projected to make up 22.4% of the U.S. labor force by 2030.
  • The Hispanic voter population is expected to grow to 18% by 2036 from 12 percent in 2016.
  • Hispanics under 18 years of age will be 31.9% of the total youth population by 2060.
  • 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will be Latina by 2060.

Sources: US. Bureau of labor of statistics, Forbes, Peterson Institute for international economics, Census.gov 

Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

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