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Women Are the Biggest Losers from Failure to Raise Minimum Wage

June 21, 2012

Earning the Federal Minimum Wage Keeps Women, Especially Those of Color, Poor

“Women are disproportionately harmed by a low minimum wage because women—and especially women of color—are much more likely hold low-wage jobs than men. The typical woman earns 77 cents for every dollar the typical man does, and the fact that women are more likely to be minimum-wage earners than men contributes to that disparity. This gap is especially distressing now that two-thirds of mothers are either the breadwinners or co-breadwinners for their families.

In 2011 more than 62 percent of minimum-wage workers were women compared to just 38 percent of male minimum-wage workers. Slightly more than 2.5 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.5 million men do. This imbalance is even more drastic once you consider that women were just 46.9 percent of all employed workers in 2011.”

Go to:   http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2012/06/women_minimumwage.html to read more and view pie charts that illustrate these effects.

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