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.
- YWCA SF-Marin: https://www.ywcasf-marin.org/
- Marin Economic Forum: http://www.marineconomicforum.org/
- AAUW: http://www.aauw.org/