64% of minimum wage earners are female and minorities are overrepresented. This unbalanced wage distribution means a subtle perpetuation of gender and racial disparity in our country. This economic imbalance also contributes to a cycle of poverty in minority populations.

February 2014 Congressional Budget Office found raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 1 million workers above the poverty line and increase the pay of 24.5 million workers.

Unemployment benefits offer nearly as much as working fulltime on current minimum wage which incentivizes unemployment; raising the minimum wage therefore incentivizes employment

MWC recognizes that raising the minimum wage towards a living wage will have a significant effect on women. In order to better understand this issue, MWC has conducted an analysis of the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.

See The Arguments

Other organizations/resources:

  1. YWCA SF-Marin:
  2. Marin Economic Forum:
  3. AAUW: