Increasing Opportunity in Education to Address Barriers to Economic Prosperity
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) presents this third report in its series on the Economic Status of Latinas in California. This report, which updates national, state and regional indicators on Latina economic progress compared to other major demographic groups, comes at a critical historic moment as the United States and the globe face a three-fold crises of public health, economic recession, and social upheaval in the face of enduring racism. As such, these findings represent a key touchstone in an economic and social reality that is quickly shifting, and serves to document a historical baseline for the economic status of Latinas before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing the context for how they might fare and respond to the current financial losses to individuals and households, schools, and the greater corporate and public sectors.
The research was made possible by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wells Fargo.
The Status of Latina Microbusiness Owners in California
Too Big to Ignore: Latina Microbusiness Owners is the latest installment of HOPE's signature Economic Status of Latinas report series. The report showcases first-hand experiences of Latina microbusiness owners from across California through original focus group research. The findings show that while Latina entrepreneurs are a key economic engine for the state, public and corporate actors must provide better support for Latina small businesses to reach their full potential and close the annual revenue gap between Latina-owned businesses and all women-owned firms.
Through primary focus group research and a review of demographic and economic trends, the report sets out to ignite a dialogue with policymakers and stakeholders on the public and corporate policies that can be implemented to foster the economic health of Latinas microbusinesses to benefit all communities, the state and the nation. This report was funded by a grant from Wells Fargo.
For a press release of the report, please click here.
To access a summary of the report, please click here.
A Snapshot of the Nation, California and the HOPE Sample
Latinas now represent 8.7% of the total US population and 19.2% of California’s total population with projections calling for sustained growth over the coming decades. Latinas not only make an impact across California and the United States in sheer numbers, but they also continue to drive small business creation, break educational attainment records and increase their already substantial buying power. The economic well-being of Latinas is inextricably tied to the economic well-being of the country and state as a whole, making the study and promotion of Latina’s economic contributions crucial in understanding the economic future of California and the United States.
The Economic Status of Latinas Report - A Snapshot of the Nation, California and the HOPE Sample (a group of over 500 Latina women surveyed by HOPE) paints a picture of the increasing impact and role Latinas have the state and U.S. economy highlighting their increased business ownership and millennial Latinas, yet also highlighting how wage disparities and college debt challenges are factors that affect Latinas’ trajectory towards economic success. This report was funded by a grant from Wells Fargo.
Impacts of the Great Recession and Ensuring a Bright Economic Future for the United States
Latinas comprise a vibrant and highly visible segment of California’s multi-ethnic population. They are playing a critical role in California’s economy as their numbers increase. California’s fast-growing Latino population reached over 14 million in 2010, with just under half, or 6.95 million, being Latinas. One in every three females in the state is a Latina. By 2020, Hispanics will be 40.8% of the state population.
The Economic Status of Latinas Report examines how Latinas have weathered the challenging economic conditions of the Great Recession that started in late 2007 and their opportunities for future economic success, based on survey findings and demographic and economic indicators. This report was funded by a grant from Wells Fargo.
The Latina community will have strong ramifications on the 2008 Presidential Election. As part of the fastest growing demographic and consumer group, Latinas are setting the national agenda with their needs and contributions as women, as mothers, as sisters, and as leaders. HOPE will continue to be by their side, advocating on their behalf and creating proactive public policies and leadership development programming that ensures they are
heard and changes are made for all Americans.
HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.
Celebrating 15 Years of Leadership, Advocacy and Education
HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit
all communities and the status of women.
Latinas inspiring, empowering, and engaging leadership to strengthen all communities.
HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and
economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all
communities and the status of women.
The Campaign for College Opportunity report, “Keeping the Promise: Going the Distance on Transfer Reform,” has found significant improvements in the creation of a seamless transfer pathway between California Community Colleges and the California State Universities (CSU) since the passage of historic transfer reform legislation, SB1440, six years ago. This report highlights the improvements seen so far and the progress needed to ensure every students who wants to transfer is directed to the pathway and reaches their goal of a Bachelor’s degree.
To access the Infographic of the report, please click here.
Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges
The future of California depends heavily on increasing numbers of Californians with certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Educational attainment in California has been declining with each younger generation - a statistic that bodes poorly for the state’s economic competitiveness. It is essential to increase educational attainment among the Latino population, as current levels are relatively low and the Latino share of the working-age population in California is projected to grow from 34% currently to 50% by 2040. With nearly one-fourth of the nation’s community college students enrolled in California, success of the Obama Administration’s college attainment agenda depends on California increasing completion rates and reducing performance gaps in its 112 community colleges.
For a summary of key findings of the report, please click here.
For a look at the Divided We Fail in LA report, please click here.
Latinas In Executive Leadership in California's Corporations
In 2007, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) began tackling the issue of Latinas in executive leadership in California’s corporations. Keenly aware of the changes occurring in California’s workforce, HOPE launched this research effort to inform a broader community about the needs of, and possibilities for, Latinas in the corporate sector.
Public Opinion Study Of California Latina Electorate
Access to the Internet and usage of “new media” are very important catalysts for the political and civic involvement of Latina voters in California. Latinas that have access to the Internet and an email address are significantly more likely to be informed about new state laws and the legislative process in Sacramento than Latina voters that are not connected to “new media.” They are also more likely to get directly involved in organizations that focus on issues that impact on their careers and the quality of life of their families.