Raising the Minimum Wage Helps Women, Promotes Pay Equity

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Raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 would benefit nearly 1 million workers of both genders. Women make up a larger share of low-wage workers in the state, so they would benefit in greater numbers than men.

Increasing wages benefits families and improves children’s economic future. One of the benefits of this investment is the longterm viability of communities and local economies.

Increasing the minimum wage would help narrow the wage gap that continues to plague women – particularly women of color – in the state and around the country.

Michigan has the Seventh-widest gender wage gap in the country, with women earning only three-fourths of what men earn. This disparity is even larger for women of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Michigan League for Public Policy | The Aspen Institute | National Women’s Law Center | Working Poor Families Project