Some characteristics on Latina females in the United States as of 2013 show they don't make as much money as white women on average, and they face more daunting health risks. Fewer Latina women than non-Hispanic white women graduate from college, but Latina graduation rates are increasing.
About 39 percent of Latina teens became pregnant in 2012, a historic low. About 17 percent of Latina women receive Medicaid while 9 percent of white women do. Latina women experience higher rates of human papillomavirus infections, and twice as many Latinas as whites die from cervical cancer. Latina women have slightly lower rates of high blood pressure than white women, at 29 vs. 31 percent of the respective populations. Latina women face death rates from diabetes 17 times higher than whites. More Latina women than white women suffer from lupus.
Latina women's economic opportunities are even worse than white women as compared to men; they earn 55 cents for every dollar white men earn while white women earn 78 cents. Latinas' median earnings per week are $548 vs. $718 for white women. Statistics from 2010 show Latina women's household wealth was $120 vs. $41,500 for white women. The Latina poverty rate is 27.9 percent vs. 10.8 percent among white women. Latina women face an incarceration rate 69 percent higher than whites.