Women Are the Majority of Minimum Wage Workers in Every State Except 5
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For so many reasons other than being graced with a relaxing Monday, Labor Day is a day of celebration: the U.S. Department of Labor notes that, true to its title, Labor Day celebrates the “creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The labor movement has grown, changed, and won incredibly important victories over the past decades, and in 2016, its biggest fight is the push for a higher, livable minimum wage. And I could not possibly emphasize this enough: raising the minimum wage is totally and completely a gender issue. In case you needed further evidence, take this study by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), which reveals women form the vast majority of minimum wage workers across the nation, representing “nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers across the country, and more than three-quarters of minimum wage workers in some states.”
Only in the states of Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont are women not the majority of minimum wage earners. But even in these states, that roughly half of those who would be affected by a minimum wage increase would be women should inevitably render the minimum wage a women’s rights issue.